Basil is a tender low growing herb. The plant may grow from 12 inches to over 3 feet in height depending on the climate in which it is planted. Basil flowers grow in a spike configuration and most varieties produce white blossoms. It flourishes in areas that are warm and dry. The flavor of basil resembles that of anise, and can vary quite a lot depending on the variety. Many in the culinary world consider it the “king of herbs” due to its many uses in cooking. It is used heavily in Mediterranean dishes and is prominent in many Southeast Asian cuisines.