Amrita Tulsi, Holy Basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum, 4in Potted Plant, Organic, GMO Free, Live Plant
Amrita Tulsi also known as a tea basil, holy basil, or tulasi (also spelled thulasi), is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. It is an erect, many branched subshrub, 30–60 cm (12–24 in) tall with hairy stems and simple phyllotaxic green leaves that are strongly scented. Commonly used to make teas with a very pleasing aroma and taste. Amrita means “immortality” in Sanskrit, and is sometimes translated as “nectar”- thus “nectar of immortality.”
Origination: Native to the Indian subcontinent
Height: 30–60 cm (12–24 in)
Hardiness: Zone 9-10
Flower Color: Purple
Characteristics: Leaves have petioles and are ovate, up to 5 cm (2.0 in) long, usually slightly toothed. The flowers are purplish in elongate racemes in close whorls.
Start Amrita Tulsi indoors in early spring or direct sow in spring or summer. Sow seeds every 6 inches or in 2in cells and press soil lightly on top. Keep watered and warm until germination which takes between 1-6 weeks. Once two sets of true leaves appear transplant to a full sun, rich, well-watered soil location or thin to 1-2 feet apart if direct sown.