Also known as Clinopodium vulgare
A native perennial basil, who knew!? Whorls of purplish-pink flowers June-September attract butterflies, honeybees, and other pollinators. Leaves have a mild basil flavor and fragrance when crushed and can be used as a culinary herb. Not a true basil or as strongly flavored as commercial basil, but still pleasant. Also makes a nice tea.
Full-part sun. Height 1-2.5′. Spread 9-18″. Deer resistant. Zones 4-8.