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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: Stems leggy, purple; leaves smooth and bright green or purple, opposite, ovate with serrate margins which tend to curve downwards, highly scented.
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. Cultivars shown or on campus may include: O. 'Dark Opal' and O. 'Magical Michael'O. 'Magical Michael'.
sweet basil
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Glabrous
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:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Not showy, White, Violet, Pink
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Aug, Sep

Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy, Ovary separates into four tiny mericarps or "nutlets" that are enclosed in a persistent calyx

Bark or Stem Colour:

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