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Cardinal Basil

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Ocimum basilicum

Plant family: Lamiaceae

Cardinal basil is a type of Thai basil that was bred for its thick leaves and fragrant, showy blooms. Its distinct anise-like flavor is tasty in pestos, spring rolls, stir fries, and all kinds of culinary creations. Its dark purple stems and big burgundy flower heads make it particularly striking in an edible landscape or flower arrangement.


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