Variegated Basil
Ocimum x citriodorum 'Pesto Perpetuo'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: x citriodorum (sit-ree-oh-DOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Pesto Perpetuo
Additional cultivar information:(PP16260)
Hybridized by Bennerup
Registered or introduced: 2004

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Aromatic

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Waynesville, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

League City, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Mequon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 3, 2009, farmernino from Mequon, WI wrote:

I have been growing Pesto Perpetuo for 6 months, and I love it. It does not bloom, which is a huge bonus. It is columnar yet very full and gorgeous. The fragrance is very nice, flavor less than a workhorse like Genovese, but it is very worth growing for looks, fragrance, and culinary use. At 6 months now it is pretty woody, but if it weren't being blasted by hot air I think it would make it through the winter. Only drawback: no flowers = no seeds. You have to propagate this vegetatively.

Neutral

On Oct 24, 2008, Spookycharles from Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

The 'Pesto Perpetuo' is a variegated form of 'Aussie Sweetie'. The leaves are light green with dark green streaking and white edging. The foliage is highly ornamental.

The flavor is similar to that of a sweet basil and according to its patent, this is a non-flowering variety said to result in increased, year long leaf production where weather permits.

Patent is currently held by Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc. in Kensington, CT.