Ocimum basilicum

Basil, Sweet (Annual)

USDA Hardiness Zone 9-11

Very green, glossy, fragrant leaves on this bushy herb.
Small white flowers on spikes appear in the summer.
A must for every herb garden.
The fresh flavor of basil is always welcome in salads, in marinades, as a sandwich garnish, and in a pesto sauce. It works well with other herbs. Can also be used in potpourri, herbal bath mixtures, purfumes and traditional folk medicine.
This is an annual in the U.S.

Height

12-24 Inches

Spread

10-12 Inches

Interesting Notes

Basil comes from the Greek word meaning 'King'. Still considered 'The King of Herbs.' In Italy, basil has been and still is a sign of love.

Bloom Time

July-August

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

To promote a bushy plant, pinch back the growing tips. Prefers well-drained, rich soil. Appreciates a manure compost mixed with soil. Mulch basil after the soil has warmed up.
Plant basil near peppers and tomatoes to enhance their growth.
For winter months- pot up with potting soil and place in a bright south or west window.
Preserve by air-drying or freezing.

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Culinary
Containers
Fragrant
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Winter
Spring
Fall
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
Rich
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