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

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Aromatic

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

Regional

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

Marrero, Louisiana

Silver Springs, Nevada

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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

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.