A favorite for culinary use and it looks gorgeous in the garden. Pointed leaves are 2″ long with a spicy clove-anise flavor, purple stems, and deep purple flower bracts. The plant is sturdy, well branched and will produce a large amount of leaves and flowers. Great for classic Thai dishes, curries, stir-fry’s and garnishes. Don’t forget the flowers are edible too and are bursting with intense flavor!
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
- Height: 16-20″