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Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Ocimum gratissimum


Typical mint family growth pattern
Plant TypeForb
Life CycleAnnual
Leaf TypeSimple
Leaf PatternOpposite
DescriptionBasil has square stems and opposite leaves typical of the Mint family, and also a distinctive smell when the foliage is crushed.
EdibilityNot only edible, but very a very commonly used spice.