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PlantFiles: Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Thai'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Thai

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pyromomma On Nov 8, 2008, pyromomma from Columbia, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

easy to grow, tall floral spikes shoot up. Flavor is very different from sweet or spicy basil, very good flavor for stir-fry or steamed veggies. Had mine in a container with Spicy Globe basil, was the prettiest pot in my patio.
I have seeds (see trade lists) but grew the parent plant from one from Wally World.

Positive rebecca101 On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very flavorful basil. Intense spicy anise type aroma to the leaves - good for Asian cooking. It is green with very dark purple tips. Smallish plant.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 4, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Spicy anise-clove scent and flavor. Most commonly used in Thai or Vietnamese cooking. Attractive plants are 12-18" tall with medium-green leaves. Stems and blossoms are purple, very good for pot culture. Annual.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Paramount, California
Pompano Beach, Florida
Waukegan, Illinois
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Columbia, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
La Vernia, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin

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