Tulsi plant, Ocimum tenuiflorum, is the medicinal herb of Ayerveda. Not to be confused with Holy Basil, Ocimum gratissimum, the ceremonial herb of Indian spiritual tradition – see the seperate listing for Holy Basil. Both plants are called Tulsi and both are also called Holy (or Sacred) Basil. We have seperated the names and allocated a species in order to avoid confusion. Tulsi, Ocimum tenuiflorum, has the familiar clove fragrance (Eugenul) of these species and is a delicate, spindly plant with small dark green leaves. The whole plant displays purple veination on the leaves and stem. This species is also known as Krishna Tulsi. This cultivar has tested the highest concentration of immune stimulating compounds. Tulsi plant is native to India and prefers a sunny, warm position. An annual, growing to about 0.6m tall and producing purple flowers at maturity. Drought and frost tender.
Seed for Tulsi plant is also available