Wild basil, also known as Clinopodium vulgare, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe and Asia. It grows to be about 30-60 cm tall and has hairy, square stems. The leaves are opposite, ovate, and about 3-5 cm long. The plant produces small white or pink flowers in terminal clusters.
Wild basil prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. It is winter hardy and can be grown successfully with minimal care.
The leaves of wild basil can be used in cooking and have a mild, sweet flavor. The leaves can be eaten fresh or dried and stored for later use. The plant has also been used in traditional medicine as a tonic and diuretic.