Sweet Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Item 9020


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USDA Zone:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun
  • Watering Needs
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

The most flavorful basil for culinary use. The key herb used for pesto, pasta dishes and delicious with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Basil loves growing alongside tomato plants in a sunny garden or in containers on patio or balcony. A warm season annual; can develop as a woody perennial in frost-free climates.

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Average Size at Maturity
Quickly reaches 12 to 24 in tall, 12 to 15 in wide.
Flowering Season
Landscape Use
Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum
Deciduous/ Evergreen: No
Growth Rate: Fast
Special Feature: Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Prized for foliage.
Flower Color: White
Garden Style: Mediterranean ,   Cottage

Provide average, organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Harvest leaves when young for best flavor. Pinch off newest set of leaves on stem ends regularly to encourage dense new growth and prevent flowering. In cooler regions, can be enjoyed outdoors in summer; move indoors before the threat of frost.


Ocimum, a genus of highly aromatic plants, is rooted in the Greek word ozo, which means "to smell". The French often refer to basil as "Herbe Royale", intimating its highly-regarded role in French cuisine. It has been theorized that the species name was derived from the Greek word basileus, meaning king. Oft referred to as "the king of herbs", basil's affiliation with the crown may be in part due to its historical use in regal medicine; among its multiple uses, it was considered a cure for venomous bites. Greeks and Romans believed the most potent basil could be grown only if one sowed the seed while ranting and swearing, as evidenced in the French expression "semer le basilica" (sowing basil) which means "to rant". In modern day Greece, basil remains a symbol of fertility in some religious rituals. Throughout the world, it is used as a savory culinary herb, and is the base of traditional Italian pesto sauce. It can also be found in perfumes, soaps and liqueurs.

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