Tulsi, Rama — Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), packet of 50 seeds, organic

$2.95

Syn. Ocimum sanctum

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a summer annual 60 days to harvest, or a potted plant brought in for the winter

(Rama Tulsi*, Tulasi, Holy Basil) Perennial bush basil originally from India–the main type grown there. These seeds are from plants grown at our farm, secluded from other basils, here in the USA.  The plants are purple stemmed with green leaves, sometimes tinted in purple, open form to 4 feet, flowers reddish purple. Highly aromatic plant, testing high in both eugenol and rosmarinic acid.  Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.  Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started.  Plant tulsi seeds in the spring.  Hold seeds in the palm of your hand in the direct sunlight before planting, and plant in such a way that the seeds still receive light in the pot or flat.  Scatter seeds on surface, then press in and keep evenly moist and warm until germination, which is rapid.  Transplant or thin to 2 feet apart.

Packet of 50 seeds, Certified Organically Grown

*for a discussion of morphological variability of tulsi in India, see the research article by Malay, Pandey, Bhatt, Krishnan and Bisht “Morphological variability in holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) from India,” Genet Resour Crop Evol (2015) 62:1245-1256.  Cluster analysis techniques were applied to identify three main types (green type Rama, Intermediate type (Amrita) and Black type Shyama (Krishna)).  You can find the comparative photos on page 1251)

 

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