|Germination||start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost or direct sow, 1/4 deep|
|Requirements||full sun, moderate to high water needs, well drained soil|
|Life Cycle||perennial often grown as an annual|
|Uses||edible*(leaves, seeds), medicinal*, herb/spice, utility (repellent, insecticide)|
|Notes||pinch top sets of leaves to prevent blooming, basil does not tolerate cold well (less than 50 F)|
|Breed Status||Open Pollinated|
|Synonyms||Ocimum tenuiflorum, Ocimum monachorum|
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