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Bruso, George H.
Clinopodium vulgare L.
Synonym(s): Calamintha vulgaris, Clinopodium vulgare var. neogaea, Satureja vulgaris, Satureja vulgaris var. diminuta, Satureja vulgaris var. neogaea
USDA Symbol: CLVU
Rose-purple flowers, mingled with hairy bracts that give them a woolly appearance, are in a dense, rounded cluster at the top of the square, hairy stem and in smaller clusters in the upper leaf axils.
Flowers: about 1/2 (1.3 cm) long; 2-lipped; sepals
This plant is native in the northern part of its range but was probably introduced from Europe, where it is widespread, in the southern part. The dried leaves can be used as a seasoning although they are milder than those of the commercial Basil, another
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WV Canada: NB
, NS Native Distribution:
Manitoba to Nova Scotia; south to upland North Carolina; west to Tennessee and Kansas; north to Minnesota. Native Habitat:
Roadsides, pastures, thickets.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff