The Sweet-Smelling, Multi-Purpose Herb You Need in Your Garden

Meet Ocimum basilicum, or as it's more commonly known, Basil. This charming, sweet-smelling herb is not just a kitchen staple, it's also a star player in your garden. With its emerald to mauve leaves and rose to alabaster flowers, Basil is a feast for the eyes and the nose!

Ocimum basilicum

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

Needs regular watering (multiple times a week), but can manage occasional variations.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Ocimum basilicum

Basil is a one-year plant that can grow anywhere between 4 inches to 3 feet tall and 4 to 14 inches wide. Its leaves are a sight to behold, ranging from emerald to mauve, and sometimes even speckled or snowy. But the real showstopper is its flowers. Blooming in hot weather, they come in shades of rose, mauve, and alabaster, adding a pop of color to your garden.

Did you know that Basil is also a medicinal plant? It's been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its health benefits.

Also known as

Common basil
Sweet basil


Yes, Basil is not just a pretty face, it's also a culinary delight. Its leaves are highly valued in the kitchen, adding a unique flavor to a variety of dishes. Plus, they're odorous, making your kitchen smell divine every time you use them.

Our design recommendations

Basil is perfect for group planting, adding a lush, vibrant look to your garden. Its height and width make it ideal for urns or confined spaces. Plus, its sweet-smelling flowers attract pollinators, making it an eco-friendly choice for your garden. Basil is a versatile plant that can be planted in a variety of landscape locations. It thrives in urns and confined spaces, making it a great choice for small gardens or balconies.