Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum


Standard seed packet, 100 seeds

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Holy Basil

Ocimum tenuiflorum

Synonyms: Ocimum sanctum


  • Annual herb
  • Spicy flavour


Annual herb growing 30-60cm tall.  Plants are upright with purple stems, slightly hairy aromatic green oval shaped leaves and produce small white/mauve flowers in summer.  Leaves have a slightly spicy flavour are commonly used as a flavouring in Thai cuisine.  Is used to make a tea.  Is sometimes grown as an ornamental. Fast growing.  Traditionally used to repel insects.  Also has medicinal uses. 

An important plant in numerous religions and cultures. 

Also known as Sacred Basil, Tulasi and Tulsi.


How to sow and grow:

Method: Raise seedlings
Sowing Depth: 1mm
When: Spring and early summer
Position: Full sun, moist well drained soil
Plant Spacing: 40cm
Hardiness: Half hardy
Plant Height: 30-60cm
Care: Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Keep well watered. Remove flower buds as soon as they appear for continued leaf growth. Protect from aphids, slugs and snails.

(Product number: F4-20)
Seeds per gram: 1600 seeds


SKU F4-20
Botanical name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Botanical synonyms: Ocimum sanctum
Packet type: Standard seed packet
Packet quantity: 100 seeds
Seeds per gram: 1600
Photo credits:

Photo by Forest & Kim Starr/ CC BY 3.0

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