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Krishna Tulsi, Tulsi ( Black ) - Plant

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Tulsi is native to India, where it often graces shrines and homes as an aromatic perennial shrub. Tulsi is grown as an annual herb in temperate climates.
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Description for Krishna Tulsi, Tulsi ( Black )

Tulsi is a branched, fragrant and erect herb having hair all over. It attains a height of about 75 to 90 cm when mature. Its leaves are nearly round and up to 5 cm long with the margin being entire or toothed.

Sow seeds in early spring. Grows best in full sun in moderately rich and well-drained soil kept well watered.

Reddish leaves are present so-called Krishna Tulsi. Tulsi flowers are small having purple to reddish color, present in small compact clusters on cylindrical spikes. Stalkless heart-shaped bracts are there at the base of each flower cluster.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Holy basil, Krishna Tulsi Magenta June to frost 1.50 to 2 feet Easy to grow

Planting and care

Plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance.

Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun Well-drained soil Medium 70-80 degrees F Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Krishna Tulsi

  • Every leaf has a growth bud, so removing old flower blossoms encourages the plant to make more flowers instead of using the energy to make seeds.
  • Clean away from around the base of the rosebushes any trimmed debris that can harbor disease and insects.

Typical uses of Krishna Tulsi

Special features: As a seasoning herb in many vegetable and meat dishes, or as a key ingredient of pesto and other condiments.

Culinary use: It is widely known across the Indian subcontinent as a medicinal plant and a herbal tea.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose. The tulsi plant is pleasing to the eye, with an upright, open and branching form. The fragrance of the leaves is also quite attractive-spicy and complex, often resembling clove.

Medicinal use: Tulasi (Sanskrit:-Surasa) has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties.

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Tulsi.html

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