Basil, Holy

Ocimum americanum var. pilosum

Also known as Kapoor Tulsi. This variety is bushy, compact, and produces fragrant bright green serrated foliage topped with lilac purple blooms. The flavor is sweet and spicy with notes of coffee and chocolate. Leaves have been used fresh and dried for centuries for teas, cooking, and medicines.



Basil prefers consistently moist, rich soil and does not tolerate drought.  To increase branching and leaf production, pinch back flower buds as they form. Harvest in early morning and store unwashed and refrigerated to avoid brown spots and wilting. Flowers are attractive to bees and make good cut flowers.

  • USDA Hardiness Zone(s): Annual
  • Height: 12-18"