basil


Basil is one of the most popular herbs used in cooking today. It is a very versatile herb, and is used in Italian,Thaiand and Vietnamese cuisines amongst many others.

Basil is a member of the mint family. The extremely aromatic leaves also have a delightful variety of flavors from the slightly lemony mint of ‘Sweet Basil’ to cinnamon, and licorice. Leaf color spans from rich green to deep purple, with smooth or crinkled leaves. The flowers are insignificant, but very popular with bees.

Light requirements
Full sun
Height
up to 2 ft. tall
Spacing
1 ft.
Treat as an annual
Uses
Casseroles, eggs, fish, sauces, salads, fragrance
Propagation
Root cuttings or start from seed.

Helpful Links

NCSU info on growing Basil
Grow your own Basil