Ocimum basilicum

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Common Name(s): Basil (sweet)

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Description:

A bushy, summer-growing annual with aromatic, bright-green, glossy foliage and white flowers. Fresh leaves are used to make pesto and are excellent for adding flavour to salads, pizzas and Italian dishes, especially tomato-based ones.

Family: Lamiaceae

Synonym: Ocimum basilicum var. crispum

Botanical Pronunciation: OH-sih-mum buh-SIL-ih-kum

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Frost Sensitive
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Half Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Flowers

Description:
Ocimum basilicum bears white flowers.


Foliage

Description:
A bushy, summer-growing annual with aromatic, bright-green, glossy foliage.


Harvest

Pick the leaves as they are required.

Interesting Info

Basil self sows freely.

Interesting Planting Ideas

Basil grows well in containers.

Maintenance

Pinch out the flowers to encourage foliage growth.

Origin

India, Egypt

Planting Instructions

Sow seed in spring.

Propagation

Propagate from seed sown in spring.

Seed Sowing Instructions

Sow seed in spring.

Size

20-60 cm * 400mm

Uses

Fresh leaves are used to make pesto and are excellent for adding flavour to salads, pizzas and Italian dishes, especially tomato-based ones.

When to Sow

Sow seed in spring.
August,September,October

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