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PlantFiles: Holy Basil
Ocimum sanctum 'Sacred Kha Prao'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: sanctum (SANK-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Sacred Kha Prao
Additional cultivar information: (aka Tulsi, Purple Sacred)

Synonym:Ocimum tenuifolium

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sona On Jun 10, 2003, Sona from Alpharetta, GA wrote:

This plant is considered very holy in the Hindu religion. In India a special structure is built in the yard and the 'tulsi' is planted in it. The plant is said to reduce pollution in homes and can be planted indoors in pots. The leaves can be steemed in tea for flavour and for relief from cold/cough.

The plant will have to to be taken indoors during winters and it has zero tolerance for even cool air.


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

San Pedro, California
Alpharetta, Georgia
Houston, Texas

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