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Scientific Name: Ocimum basilicum 'Siam Queen'

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Ocimum basilicum 'Siam Queen'
Ocimum basilicum 'Siam Queen'


  • Annual
  • Annual with large, lush green leaves, square purple stems and deep purple flowers.
  • Has a spicy aroma that is a cross between cinnamon and aniseed basil.
  • Full sun and pH5 - 8.
  • Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushiness and delay flowering.
  • Container or bedding plant.

Culinary Uses

  • Very spicy flavor.
  • Excellent in thai cooking, tomato dishes, meat and brinjals.
  • Superb with potato and onion stir fry.
  • Add leaves and flowers to salad.
  • Flavor pasta sauces (notably pesto), vegetables (especially beans, peppers) and soups.

Parts Used

  • Leaves, flowers and seeds.
  • Pick throughout the growing season.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Restorative, warming and aromatic herb with mildly sedative action.
  • Effective against bacterial infection and intestinal parasites.
  • Lowers fever, helps migraine and feverish illnesses like colds and flu.
  • Improves poor digestion: relaxes spasms, nausea, abdominal cramps and gastroenteritis.
  • Helps insomnia, low spirits, anxiety and exhaustion.
  • Externally:
  • Treat acne, insect stings and skin infection.

Other Uses

  • Strong flavor.
  • Use in companion planting to deter white fly.
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