Description: Tulasi or Holy Basil is an erect, many branched-shrub with hairy stems, with green or purple leaves, which are strongly scented. It’s purplish flowers are arranged in close whorls on elongate racemes.
Grow best: In partial light, in soil that can retain moisture. Propagation by seeds
Use: Leaves are variously used depending on the species. Used for worship, in Ayurveda, in the preparation of tea and in Thai cooking. An essential oil is extracted from the leaves too. The plant is worshipped as an elixir of life.