“Wild Basil – Clinopodium vulgare”

“Wild Basil - Clinopodium vulgare”

“My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.” 
― Euell Gibbons

Every hike seems to bring a new discovery. As I walk familiar paths, some splash of colour or unusual shape pulls me deeper into my relationship with nature. This past week, I discovered this wild basil plant. Frankly, I did not know it grew in my area and this is the first time I’ve seen one. Strange, it seemed so familiar but I did not make the connection till later.

Since I did not know what it was till I researched the photo, I did not take the time to test the smell or taste. That will have to wait for a subsequent visit. For now, I’m happy to have the photo as a reminder to return.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm
1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 320

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4 Comments on ““Wild Basil – Clinopodium vulgare”

  1. Wild basil grows in large, wandering patches on my lawn.
    It fills the air with most beautiful fragrance when mowed, and it’s so short the flowers often remain afterward.
    The only downside is it reminds me of oregano, which reminds me of pizza, which reminds me I’m hungry and I have to break from mowing.

    Seek peace,


  2. I love basil and grow it along with other Mediterranean herbs. I didn’t know that wild basil could flower. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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