Basil is also known as Sweet Basil, Common Basil and Saint Joseph’s Wort, with the the botanical name of Ocimum basilicum. Basil has many varieties that are often annuals, with the occasional perennial variety. In magical use, burning it rids of negativity from the home, and its scent is of protective power.
Ocimum basilicum is specifically an annual that is easily grown within full sun or partial shade. Plenty of moisture and drained soil is needed, with times of drought not being of favoured by this plant. Basil can be grown in pots and its leaves to be harvested when young. The pH of the soil is loved at 6.0 by Basil.
Butterflies and insects are attracted by Basil into the garden, while white flies are repelled. The seeds of Basil should be sown into the ground in spring or early summer. Frost and the overall cold isn’t enjoyed by this plant, and shouldn’t be grown next to rue (Ruta family).