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PlantFiles: Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Pistou'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Pistou

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LiliMerci On May 27, 2009, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

good with pastas.

Negative rebecca101 On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is not much of a performer in the culinary category, in my opinion - very little flavor at all. It is very cute: diminutive little globe with tiny tightly packed leaves that held its perfectly round shape well through the season. But what is the point of basil that doesn't taste good?

Neutral Farmerdill On Dec 27, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A mild flavored improved Minette.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Norcross, Georgia
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Manchaca, Texas
Vidor, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin

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