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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon


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Posted by mom2goldens (Carmel, IN - Zone 5b) on Sep 29, 2011 6:29 PM

This is a wonderully fragrant basil; it's flavor is a little spicier than sweet basil, but makes a lovely addition to many asian-inspired dishes. This plant likes to flower, but the flowers are such a beautiful color, I'm often tempted not to pinch them back. This plant can get fairly large, so give it a little room in your garden or container.

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 21, 2018 9:58 AM

This basil is more like a shrub because of the woody stems it makes as the plant matures. I've had one that became 3 feet tall and wide with woody branching by fall. I start plants from seeds every spring because its leaves are the most spicy of all I grow. Also because it's so decorative in a pot or the garden with its shiny smooth leaves and colorful flower heads.

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Plant Events from our members
aspenhill On May 19, 2012 Obtained plant
DG Jill (critterologist) - qty 2
p1mkw On March 30, 2011 Plant emerged
p1mkw On March 23, 2011 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On March 6, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sow
lovesblooms From February 20, 2018 to February 23, 2018 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On February 9, 2017 Seeds sown
antsinmypants On April 15, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On April 12, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights
tabbycat On November 5, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Starting to go to seed so collected flower heads for next year. I love this fragrance & look.
tabbycat On May 13, 2021 Potted up
4 in a 1& 1/2 gal. pot
tabbycat On April 27, 2021 Potted up
Ended with 4 so 2 per pot
tabbycat On March 25, 2021 Plant emerged
A few
tabbycat On March 15, 2021 Seeds sown
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