A picture of a Holy Basil

Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum

Also known as

Brush-Leaf-Tea, Sacred Basil

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

40cm

30cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Holy Basil

A Ocimum tenuiflorum plant with green leaves
A Ocimum tenuiflorum plant
A close up of some green purple Ocimum tenuiflorum leaves
A close up of a hand holding some purple Ocimum tenuiflorum flowers

Holy Basil Overview

Ocimum tenuiflorum is commonly known as Holy Basil or Tulsi, as a traditional medicinal herb from the Lamiaceae family. It has a spicy and refreshing fragrance and tiny flowers make this a useful houseplant too. Tulsi grows as a perennial plant in areas with mild winter and as an annual in cold and temperate climates.

Common problems with Holy Basil

Holy Basil Companion Plants

How to harvest Holy Basil

Reap the aromatic leaves of your Tulsi plant throughout the growing season as it is needed.

How to propagate Holy Basil

Seed

Place seeds on top of soil. Press them for good soil to seed contact and cover with 1cm of compost or soil. Water by misting keeping soil moist until germination in 1-2 weeks time.

Special features of Holy Basil

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors, place in an area with bright light.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Holy Basil

Culinary

Somewhat stronger than Sweet Basil - use sparingly!

Medicinal

Prevent a headache, sooth an ear infection or reduce blood sugar with basil!