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

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Aromatic

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.