Description.--The roots are small and fibrous; the stems, about 18

inches tall, very numerous, erect or spreading, square; the leaves,

green (except as mentioned), broadly ovate with toothed margins,

opposite, rather succulent, highly scented; the flowers, few, whitish,

or purplish, in small, loose, axillary, one-sided clusters borne from

midsummer until late autumn; the seeds very small--more than 50,000 to

the ounce.

Cultivation.--Balm is readily propagated by means of divisions,

layers, cuttings, and by its seeds, which germinate fairly well even

when four years old. Owing to its small size, the seed should be planted

in a seedpan or flat in a greenhouse or hotbed, where all conditions can

be controlled. The soil should be made very fine and friable, the thinly

scattered seeds merely pressed upon the surface with a block or a brick,

and water applied preferably through the bottom of the seedpan, which

may be set in a shallow dish of water until the surface of the soil

(ocymum Basilicum Linn) An Annual Herb Of The Order Labiatae 42500 Of Them And A Quart 18 Ounces facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail