Tulsi, Vana — Holy Basil (Ocimum gratissimum), packet of 30 seeds, Organic
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Hardy to Zones 10 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant and brought in for the winter
(Vana Tulsi, Clove Basil, African Basil, Vantulasi, Wild Holy Basil, Tree Basil) Perennial bush basil to 5 feet, native to India and East Africa, a wild species brought into cultivation. These seeds grown at our farm, secluded from other basils. The plants are woody-stemmed and actually overwinter indoors more readily than the other tulsi types. I have brought them successfully through a winter, planted in gallon pots on an indoor windowsill. Source of eugenol (oil of clove). The plant is handsome and aromatic, slightly hairy, green-leaved. As a garden grown tea herb, it weighs up heavily and may be used by itself or blended with leaves of other types of tulsi. Traditional usage (Ayurveda): stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia. Drinking tulsi tea in the morning is a fantastic way to get started. Tulsi seed is a light-depndent germinator, and you can increase germ rates by holding the seed in the palm of your hand in the direct sunlight before planting. Prepare a flat of potting soil or a fine seedbed in spring and scatter seeds on surface, then press in and keep evenly moist and warm until germination, which is rapid. Transplant or thin to 2 to 3 feet apart.
Packet of 30 seeds, Certified Organically Grown