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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum
Pronunciation: OH-sih-mum buh-SIL-ih-kum
Common Name: sweet basil
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Annual, Greenhouse produce plant
Key ID Features: Highly scented, leggy, herbaceous perennial with purple and green ovate leaves with purple stems
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293


Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.4 - 0.7m
Spread:0.1 - 0.3m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 9: (-7 to -1 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Bedding plant, Container planting, Dried flower or fruit, Fragrance, Hanging basket, Herb, Small garden/space
Additional Info: Google Images. Wikipedia Cultivars shown or on campus may include: O. 'Dark Opal'. O. Magical Michael'.
sweet basil
 
 
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Glabrous
Colour in Summer: Green, cv. 'Dark Opal' has purple red leaves that are clove scented.
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Serrate
Additional Info: middle leaf shot of dark opal basil others are sweet basil

 
 
Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Verticillaster
Flower Morphology:
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Violet, Pink
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Aug, Sep

 
Fruit Type: Nut
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy, nutlets enclosed in a persistent calyx

 
Bark or Stem Colour:
  


Propagation: Seed
 
Location(s):
(GNH) GreeNHouse
(PHA) PolyHouse and Area
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