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Ocimum basilicum /Sweet Basil

Ocimum basilicum  / Ocimum basilicum
Foliage of this herb used in many prepared foods
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Foliage of this herb used in many prepared foods

Typical plant in flower in early summer

The herb ready for use

A flat of young basil plants ready for spring planting

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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum
Common Name: Sweet Basil
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: Sweet basil is a fast growing, tender annual that is easy to grow in moist, well drained soil and where it is exposed to full sunlight. There are several cultivars, most of which are green. The one here is maroon and very ornamental. This herb, either fresh or dried, is used in food preparation as well as an ornamental in the landscape.