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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.
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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.
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.