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Basil

Ocimum spp.

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Starr 030202-0053 Ocimum gratissimum
Starr 070906-8880 Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflorum
Ocimum tenuiflorum 24 08 2012
Ocimum basilicum flowers in Crimea

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Overview

Ocimum is a genus of aromatic, annual, or evergreen perennial plants or shrubs in the Lamiaceae family, native to warm temperate and tropical regions worldwide but with a centre of diversity in Africa. Members of this genus can be aromatic annuals, evergreen perennials or shrubs that have opposite, slender to broad leaves and spikes of small, usually blue, purple, pink or white tubular flowers. Commonly cultivated species include O. basilicum, or sweet basil, is extensively used for culinary and medicinal purposes, with many cultivars and hybrids available. Grow as an annual in pots on patio or windowsill, or in a sunny herb garden.

Common problems

Propagation

Seed

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Pot plant