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Ocimum basilicum

Common Name(s): Basil
Family: Lamiaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Growing Days: 80 to 270 (days)
Abs.Max=97° (F)    Opt.Max=81° (F)
Opt.Min=64° (F)    Abs.Min=45° (F)
Precipitation: 39 to 63 (in.)
Winter Minimum: 32° (F)
Soil pH: 6 to 7
Soil Texture/Type: Medium
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day, short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Very bright
Possible origin Africa. Grows best as a long day plant.
Pythium, Anthrachose, Rhizoctonia
Additive - flavoring, Material - essent oils, Medicinal - folklore
Temperate marine, tropical-rainy, subtropical
Geographical Origin:
India, Widely cultivated
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