Basking in the Glory of Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a frost-tender annual to perennial herb that is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), along with beebalm, giant hyssop, ground ivy, lavender, marjoram, oregano,  perilla, rosemary, sage, savory, skullcap, spearmint, thyme, and wild bergamot. The family also (surprisingly) includes chia, and (even more surprisingly) coleus and teak. Basil is also known as St. Joseph’s wort. The genus […]