Northern Queensland Permaculture

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Basil

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Ocimum
Common Name Basil
Species O. basilicum

Maturity days

  • 50

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Bee_food Herb

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant
Humidity tolerant
Planting area Wicking_bed
Sunlight Full_sun

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Short comments

Tropical native, culinary plant. Bee attracting flowers. Doesn't like to be inundated in wet season

General comments

Space plants: 20 - 25 cm apart

Compatible with (can grow beside): Tomatos

Basil is a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Southeast Asian cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. The plant tastes somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent sweet smell. There are many varieties including Thai, purple ruffles, and lemon. As the plant develops, pinch out the top to encourage bushy growth. Pick off flowers to encourage more growth.

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