Ocimum tenuiflorum - Holy Basil
You can find this plant in the campus garden’s herb spiral! It is spiritually significant and is both a medicinal and edible plant.
Common name: Holy Basil
Scientific name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Plant family: Lamiaceae (the mint family)
- Edible Parts: leaves and fresh flowers
- Medicinal Uses: antifertility, anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, cardioprotective, antiemetic, antispasmodic, analgesic, adaptogenic, diaphoretic, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properties
- Meaning of Scientific Name: also referred to as Ocimum sanctum, referring to its sacred roots.
Designing with this Plant:
- USDA Hardiness Zones: 10-12
- Forest Garden Layer: herbaceous