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PlantFiles: Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Blue Spice'

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

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Category:
Annuals
Herbs

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
Blue-Green
Aromatic
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Suitable for growing in containers

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral NatureWalker 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.

Regional...

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

Menifee, California
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Binghamton, New York
Burbank, Ohio
Magnolia, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas



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