Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Blue Spice'

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

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

By simple layering

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Menifee, California

Stamford, Connecticut

Needham, Massachusetts

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Binghamton, New York

Burbank, Ohio

Magnolia, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 22, 2014, cranberryfiend from Stamford, CT wrote:

Have grown--well, it grows itself--this basil for 10+ years; it self-seeds nicely. Called it "sweet-smelling basil" before learning it's true name; came in a "Basket of Basils" packet from an English seed company. Flavor has slight anise overtones, makes great pesto and great for every other basil use. Never gets bitter, even when flowering. Saw-toothed leaves can get up to 3" long and 2" wide; whole plant is bush shaped, can be 2+ feet tall. Bees and beneficials LOVE the 4-8" tall flower stalks, they could be saved for sachets with their lovely scent. Seeds that land in outdoor plant pots will grow when the plants are brought in for the winter for basil all year long. Also dries well. Fairly drought tolerant--just droops--perks right back with rain; gets no additional water from me ... read more

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On Mar 10, 2008, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sow seeds on the surface of a Well drained seed sowing mix at about 59 to 70F, germination is 15 to 30 days.

Heating pad helps germination.

It is said to have a spicy fragrance with a vanilla overtone.

It can be used in fruit salads, with poultry and probably in many other dishes where you would use sweet basil.

Said to be a hybrid between purple basil and O. americanum.