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PlantFiles: Sweet Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Italian Large Leaf'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Italian Large Leaf
Additional cultivar information: (aka Italian Broadleaf Sweet Basil)

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22 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ecschroeder On Feb 24, 2010, ecschroeder from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

While classified as an herb, we us it almost like a vegetable.

We make pesto with it every summer and freeze it in 1/4 cup portions for pizza sauce and spagetti sauce, etc.

Fresh basil is best with slices garden fresh tomatoes.

If you find you have not planted enough from seed, basil is also easily propagated by placing cuttings in water. They readily grow roots and can then be transplanted. In a short time you will be able to selectively harvest leaves.

Positive kyle_and_erika On Jun 10, 2006, kyle_and_erika from Batesville, AR wrote:

This plant is grows like a champ in our hot, humid Arkansas weather and is larger than our other two varieties, Dark Opal and Genovese. It branches well when topped and seems very pest and disease resistant.

It serves as a good standard of comparison when tasting along side the others. The taste is softer than either of our other two varieties, making it a good general purpose herb for all the standard classics.

Positive trifunov On Oct 31, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grew well all summer in a 14" container in zone 8a. Removing flower heads and pinching back lead to bushier, stronger growth. Self-sowed itself into all the surrounding containers, but seedlings are easy to pull out. This is not a particularly strong-tasting basil although the leaves are a nice size for cooking (a few inches long and wide, not huge). Seeds are easy to collect - just shake them out of dried flower heads. I'll grow these again next year. Grows best in moist, rich soil in full sun.


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

Batesville, Arkansas
Clovis, California
Irvine, California
Los Angeles, California
Menifee, California
Redwood City, California
Miccosukee Cpo, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Welaka, Florida
Ft Mitchell, Kentucky
Clinton, Massachusetts
Brandon, Mississippi
Buffalo, New York
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Germantown, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia

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