Annual. Native to Africa & Asia. There are many varieties: O. basilicum is the standard green variety with white flowers. It has large, toothed, oval, pointed bright green leaves with a warm, clove-like scent. The small flowers are slightly scented. O. b. ‘Dark Opal’ has crinkled purple leaves with pale pink flowers.

Ocimum basilicum, Labiatae family

Culinary Uses: Fresh in salads, pestos & Mediterranean dishes. Leaves dry well or can be frozen.

Medicinal Uses: As a tea to aid Digestion. As a houseplant it may deter flies.

Cultural Requirements: Basil needs a warm, sunny garden, protected from wind, in well-drained soil.

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Annual. Native to Africa & Asia.

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