Pls ID this basil

surya55_gwOctober 10, 2013

Hello-

Can someone please tell me which basil this is?

Thx,
Nerry

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balloonflower(5b Denver CO, HZ 5-6, Sunset 2b)

Thai Basil

Has a nice, deeper licorice flavor than sweet generally. Smells lovely, though tends to flower early. Many keep just as an ornamental.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 6:53PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Agreed. My favorite thai basil is the open-pollinated "Siam Queen."

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 7:55PM
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surya55_gw

Thank you both for such quick responses!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2013 at 9:05PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

It is also called Holy Basil.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 11:00AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

I though Holy Basil (Tulsi) is different.
Tulsi can get quite big but This Basil is not like that unless in the tropics that they have no cold and frost.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 11:09AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Holy basil is different. I've grown them both. This is holy basil.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 5:39PM
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surya55_gw

Yep- holy basil is tulsi. Now, I have another one for you all to i.d. for me. This one has multi-flowering stems instead of a single long bloom. Any ideas? Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 6:24PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Holy ..!!!
I have never seen such a basil. That is very unusual.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 7:54PM
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balloonflower(5b Denver CO, HZ 5-6, Sunset 2b)

At a guess, I'd say Cardinal Basil, though I've not specifically grown it myself for a good comparison.

From what I know, it's more of an ornamental type variety. Not that it's not edible, just prettier than it tastes.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 12:13AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Reminds me of cinnamon basil. I grew that a few years back and I seem to recall the flowers being more full than the thai basil that the foliage looked so similar to.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 4:47PM
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roper2008 (7b)(7b)

Could be Siam queen. For sure a thai basil.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 5:05PM
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surya55_gw

Thanks so much- I was thinking it might be a thai siam queen basil since the photos seem to match up. The stems smelled of licorice somewhat. I "helped" myself to some seeds at an area park/garden. Will probably grow only as an ornamental.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 10:41PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

The shape and color of the leaves is like Thai variety. Also flowers but only fuller, I think. Thai related basils are ornamental due to the fact that they keep flowering from early on and continue.
Actually, I have a planter that I have planted Alyssum, sangria ornamental pepper, parsley, chives and Thai basil in it.
They are all still going.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 3:38AM
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surya55_gw

That's great they're still going- I've brought my herbs indoors already.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 10:17AM
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CaraRose

The second looks like the Siam Queen I grew this year.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 11:06AM
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surya55_gw

Thx CaraRose. I'm thinking the same thing! I can't wait to grow it only because it's different...

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 9:41PM
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