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Ocimum basilicum

Basil

Basil, Common Basil, Sweet Basil
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Plant Facts

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Scientific Name Ocimum basilicum
Principal Common Name Basil
Common Name(s) Basil, common basil, sweet basil
Synonym
Description A bushy bright shiny green leaf annual herb with spikes of white flowers. Grown primarily for the foliage but flowers are sometimes used. There are some forms with purple foliage and purple flowers. Used both fresh and dried. Tender herb planted seasonally.
General Comments
Origin
Nativity Tropical/Subtropical Asia
Height Range 0 - 2 FT
Spread Range 0 - 1 FT
Flower Showy Y
Warning
Sunset Zones 1 : 2 : 3 : 4 : 5 : 6 : 7 : 8 : 9 : 10 : 11 : 12 : 13 : 14 : 15 : 16 : 17 : 18 : 19 : 20 : 21 : 22 : 23 : 24
USDA Zones 1 : 2a : 2b : 3a : 3b : 4a : 4b : 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b : 11
Leaf Color Bright Green : Purple
Leaf Texture Shiny : Smooth : Soft
Form Edible
Flower Color Purple : White
Flower Time Summer
Months
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun)
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Attracts Bees : Color : Edible : Foliage

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