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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive farmernino 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 Spookycharles 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.


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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