common basil


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Noun1.common basil - annual or perennial of tropical Asia having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leavescommon basil - annual or perennial of tropical Asia having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves; one of the most important culinary herbs; used in salads, casseroles, sauces and some liqueurs
sweet basil, basil - leaves of the common basil; used fresh or dried
basil - any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum
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The common basil (Ocimum basilicum) you are growing is an annual, which means you get a single good growing season from it (spring to summer and perhaps into fall) and then it dies.
The two main varieties of basil traded are sweet or common basil and bush basil.