- Scientific name: Ocimum basilicum
- Place of origin: India (for more than 5000years) and other parts of Asia.
- Description: Herbaceous, with lettuce like fragrant, pungent and sweet tasting leaves used in pastas and salads.
- Grow best: Flowers are white tinged with purple. Grows well in full sunlight and ample warmth in well-drained compost soil with careful watering. Propagation by seeds.
- Use: In pots. Leaves are valued condiments in all kinds of cooking.