Vana Tree Tulsi
Our favorite tulsi species for its intensely aromatic, clove-scented leaves and its ability to grow as a perennial if given a little protection. While most tulsi or basil species will grow to a couple feet tall and often die after flowering, the Vana Tree Tulsi can reach up to five feet tall and can easily be grown as a houseplant over winter to keep those fresh tulsi teas going all year long. Vana has the highest clove oil content of any tulsi variety and is exceptionally flavorful and aromatic when made into tea.
Latin Name: Occimum gratissimum
Site and Soil: Full to part sun and well-drained soil.
Hardiness: Hardy to 30° F.
Size at Maturity: 5′ in height by 2-3′ feet wide.
Bloom Time: late spring long blooming
Pests & Diseases: No pests or diseases that we’ve seen on our plants here in Portland.
USDA Zone: 9