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Sweet basil, also known as ocimum basilicum, is a fine addition for any herb garden.
Basil's blue green, feathery foliage grows two to four feet tall. The plants produce tiny yellow flowers. Both the leaves and seeds of basil can be used in cooking many of your favorite recipes.
Planting this herb is easy. Basil can be started from seed between April and July and should be planted in a well-drained, sunny area. It is best to thin the seedlings to eight to ten inches apart.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|