The Tulasi plant (Ocimum sanctum) is viewed within the purview of Hinduism as a form of the goddess Lakmi, or a consort of the god Viu. This designation seems to originate within the corpus of Puraic texts composed in the Sanskrit language from approximately the 5th to 15th centuries CE. The sanctity of the plant, and other forms of vegetation, resembles even earlier cults of Yaka and Yaki, or nature spirit, worship. The adoration of the plant continues into modernity in various ways. This paper examines the Tulasi plant through the various myths describing her sanctity, as well as how these myths are interpreted by modern devotees of the plant.