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Ocimum sanctum

Holy basil

Kemangi Lamiaceae


Ocimum sanctum, Holy basil, Kemangi

A tropical, much branched, annual herb, up to 18 inches tall; it grows into a low bush.
The tulsi or holy basil, considered sacred by the Hindus, has small leaves with a strong smell and purple flowers.
There are two varieties: a red - and a green one.
Red holy basil has a stronger smell.
This plant, originally from India