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Thai basil is sturdy and compact, growing up to 45 cm (18 inches) and has shiny green, slightly serrated, narrow leaves with a sweet, anise-like scent and hints of licorice, along with a slight spiciness lacking in sweet basil. Thai basil has a purple stem, and like other plants in the mint family, the stem is square.

Basil Thai

  • spacing: 10"-12"

    Hight: 12" - 18"


    Light: full sun to part sun

    Water: lightly moist not damp

    Special Notes: To get the highest yield of tender and flavorful leaves, pinch the tip of each branch, starting in early summer when the plants are 6" tall, to encourage bushiness.