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PlantFiles: Licorice Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Anise'

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

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral kmom246 On Oct 18, 2010, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Although I do not particularly like the licorice scent or the rather (to me) odd taste, I grow this because the polinators love it. I plant it among my vegetables to attract the polinators. The flowers on my seed packet are a reddish-maroon color, but my flowers are definately pink. It has not reseeded itself as some of my other basils have. In my zone 6, it winter kills and has not run rampant.

Positive mystic On Jan 9, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This Basil is originally from Persia.Has a sweet anise scent and taste. Adds a unique touch to salads and fruits.


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

Marrero, Louisiana
Silver Springs, Nevada

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