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Pls ID this basil

Posted by surya55 7a ny (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 10, 13 at 16:27

Hello-

Can someone please tell me which basil this is?

Thx,
Nerry


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Thai Basil

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


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

FataMorgana


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Thank you both for such quick responses!


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It is also called Holy Basil.


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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.


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

FataMorgana


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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!


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


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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.


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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


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Could be Siam queen. For sure a thai basil.


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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.


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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.


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


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


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


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