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Ocimum tenuiflorum (Holy Basil) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) Herb in 9cm Pot 

Holy basil, or tulasī as it is known in its native Asia is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae. It was previously called Ocimum sanctum before being reclassified to Ocimum tenuiflorum.

It is native to the Indian Subcontinent and is widely cultivated throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. It grows to 30–60 cm tall and has hairy stems and simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented. Leaves have petioles and are ovate, up to 5 cm long, usually slightly toothed. The flowers are purplish in elongate racemes in close whorls. 

Herb Usage

Tulasi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, hence its common name of Holy Basil in fact it has an important role within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. This plant is revered as an elixir of life .   It is widely known across the Indian subcontinent as a medicinal plant and is made into a herbal tea which is used in Ayurvedic medicine.  It can also be made into an essential oil. The dried leaves have been mixed with stored grains to repel insects for many centuries. It is often used in Thai cooking but is not to be confused with Thai Basil. 

Buy Holy Basil Online

Our potted Holy Basil herb plants are generally available to buy online between May and September.

Ocimum tenuiflorum (Holy Basil) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Very well drained soil
Flower Colour Purple
Height 30cm
Spread 30cm
Latin Name Ocimum tenuiflorum
Hardiness RHS rating H1c - Heated Greenhouse
Culinary Mediterranean
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features None
Type of Garden Container/Patio
  • 5
    Holy basil

    Posted by Sindhu Raposo on 9th Sep 2021

    Extremely happy with the Holy Basil plant . Can't wait for It to grow. Nice customer service from the team at hooksgreenherbs . Thank you

  • 5

    Posted by Astrid Joublanc on 26th Aug 2020

    Plant arrived looking happy and healthy with a wonderful strong scent. Has been repotted and continues to thrive.

  • 4
    Great service and healthy plant

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Jun 2020

    Good service and customer services were responsive to any queries. The plant arrived safely packaged and was easy to re-pot.