Basil - Red Leaf Holy Basil
- Seed Count: 100 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 75-90 days from planting
- Plant Type: Annual
- Leaf Characteristics: Deep red/purple, aromatic
- Growth Habit: Upright bushy growth
- Ideal Growing Conditions: Prefers warm, well-drained soil, and full sun
- Planting Instructions: Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep, spacing plants 12-18 inches apart
- Uses: Culinary, medicinal, and ornamental
History: Red Leaf Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi or Ocimum sanctum, is a revered plant in Hinduism and Ayurveda. Native to India and Southeast Asia, it has been cultivated for centuries for its spiritual and health-promoting properties. The plant is considered sacred in many cultures, symbolizing purity and connectedness.
Uses: Red Leaf Holy Basil is widely used in cooking, especially in Thai and Indian cuisines. It's also a staple in herbal teas and is valued for its potential health benefits, including stress relief and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, its vibrant red leaves make it an attractive ornamental plant.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: This variety thrives in warm, well-drained soil and requires full sun exposure. Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep and space them 12-18 inches apart to allow for bushy growth. Regular watering and occasional pruning will encourage a fuller plant. Red Leaf Holy Basil is an annual, but it can be regrown each year from seeds.