Clinopodium vulgare L.
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
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.
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 basils (Oncimum spp.), other members of the mint family.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AR , AZ , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , NC , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , TN , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , 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.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Clinopodium vulgare in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Clinopodium vulgare in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Clinopodium vulgare
MetadataRecord Modified: 2021-05-20
Research By: TWC Staff