General Plant Information (Edit)
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Fragrant
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Prefers to be under-potted

Common names
  • Holy Basil
  • Tulsi
  • Thai Holy Basil
  • Basil
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Ocimum tenuiflorum
  • Synonym: Ocimum sanctum

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  • Posted by Gardener2493 on Aug 17, 2021 5:53 PM concerning plant:
    We Hindus love this plant and we actually worship it. It is considered sacred in our culture. The odor is fruity and basil-y and the taste is just like basil, but stronger and mint-ier. This plant is a perennial in zones 9 and above but can be grown as a houseplant in temperate regions. I found mine randomly growing in my backyard and I still don't know how it got there. I transplanted it to a pot and it's doing very well there now.
  • Posted by scvirginia (Charleston, SC - Zone 9a) on Feb 15, 2020 11:22 AM concerning plant:
    Holy basil is one of the most pleasantly fragrant plants I've ever encountered. I grew mine from seed I got from Hudson Valley Seed Co., and it's surprisingly hardy here in 8b/9a. I still have plants blooming outside in February despite temperatures dipping down into the 30's several times this winter.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On March 6, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sow
lovesblooms On February 24, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
lovesblooms On January 28, 2017 Seeds sown
antsinmypants On April 12, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights
Gardener2493 On August 9, 2021 Transplanted
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