The classic Italian basil. Medium to dark green leaves 3″ long cover this plant from top to bottom and are loaded with that sweet and peppery basil flavor we know so well. Flowers are edible as well and have an even more intense basil flavor, making great garnishes for dishes. This is the classic basil to use for making pesto, topping a pizza, or making Caprese salads, but truly, the options are endless.
Basil prefers consistently moist, rich soil and does not tolerate drought. To increase branching and leaf production, pinch back flower buds as they form. Harvest in early morning and store unwashed and refrigerated to avoid brown spots and wilting. Flowers are attractive to bees and make good cut flowers.
- USDA Hardiness Zone(s): Annual
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 4-8″
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