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Ocimum basilicum

Sweet Basil
Edibles
Classification Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum
  Common Name: Sweet Basil
  Family: Lamiaceae
  Location Index: HG6
  Suggested Use: beds & borders

container plantings

herbs
     
Plant Plant Type: annual
  Plant Form: upright
  Height: 2 - 3 feet
  Spread: 1.5 - 2 feet
  Bloom Period: summer

fall
  Flower Color: white
  Flower: flowers in whorls at end of stem
  Foliage Texture: medium
  Foliage: dark green, oval leaves
     
Environment Sun Requirement: full sun
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: well-drained

moist
  Heat Tolerance: high
     
Care Maintenance: remove flowers to promote vegetative growth
  Propagation: seed
     
More Additional Notes: used as a culinary herb in vegetables, soups, salads, and meats
Ocimum basilicum

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