Red basil is the most widely distributed species in the Calamintha family. Around south Alabama, you can sometimes find this plant for sale in local garden centers. Most people buy red basil for the beautiful bloom and not for, or in spite off, the spindly spaced foliage. Hummingbirds love the blooms and with the sparce foliage of the plant, navigation to blooms is not a big problem for the feeding birds. Due to the deep tubular lengths of the flowers, bees usually don't bother with red basil blooms when there are other flowering plants nearby. In the wild, red basil is short lived...usually only 5 years...but on coastal dunes or snady scrub forest, they can spread fairly rapidly.
The best place to see these very attractive plants is along the Twin Bridges Trail or on the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail. They are very showy this time of the year.