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Not a true basil. The small, 10 inch plants carry small round green leaves, less than an inch across and small bright pink flowers. It has a mild, savory flavor. Wild basil is used by Italians in many dishes and medicinally it functions as a skin preparation and a booster to the immune system. Always consult a qualified herbal practitioner before using this plant medicinally or a qualified aromatherapist if using its essential oil, especially if pregnant.

Scientific Name: Clinopodium vulgare

Plant Life Cycle: annual

Optimal Germination Temperature: 20-24C

Germination time in days: 5-10 days

Indicative Days to maturity: 30 days

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil requirement: well draining

Sowing and cultivation: Start seeds indoors from late April to mid-summer. Sow a few seeds over the top of regular compost, water gently, lightly cover and pop it into a propagator. When the seeds have germinated, place in a warm, bright spot, such as a sunny windowsill, and water regularly to keep the compost moist. When the seedlings are large enough to handle and have their first true leaves, transplant into their own 7.5cm pot filled with multi-purpose compost. Shelter from the wind. Will grow better in a greenhouse. Space plants by 30 cm apart