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PlantFiles: Lemon Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Sweet Dani'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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 seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kmom246 On Dec 2, 2007, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Although I think the smell of "Mrs. Burns" lemon basil is more lemony, Sweet Dani still has a wonderful lemon fragrance. It also had both better germination rates and grew bigger and more vigorously than Mrs. Burns. The leaves are bigger than Mrs. Burns and whole branches can be wrapped with fish & butter in foil and grilled for a light flavor and lemony aroma. The plants I let go to flower attracted many polinators. It grew fine in both full desert sun and in partial shade. The ones in full sun tried to flower and go to seed much more stubornly than the ones in partial shade. As with other basils, it does well with neglect.

Positive Suze_ On May 3, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I mainly grow this variety for the scent and appearance (I just love to walk by and pinch off a leaf to smell, and sometimes I'll make a little on the spot garden snack out of the leaves along with a handful of cherry tomatoes ;)), but I also like to use it in cooking, salsas, and teas as well.

Positive handbright On May 7, 2005, handbright from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is such a lovely herb to play with! I have a big azalea pot of it on my kitchen counter, and when folks stop in I give them a leaf to chew on! Their eyes roll, their smiles widen and they look at me and really grin!
No wonder at all why basil, whether lemon or any other kind, is called the "Sunny Herb".

Positive spectrum On Apr 16, 2005, spectrum from (Zone 2b) wrote:

Very lemony when fresh but does not dry well.

Positive Rhodehog02 On Jun 28, 2004, Rhodehog02 from Morgantown, PA wrote:

Wonderful aromatic scent. If you break leaf open, and smell, it is an excellent refresher. Also, this herb is rather easy to grow.

Positive dsrtgdn On Sep 1, 2002, dsrtgdn from Lancaster, CA wrote:

An excellent choice if you like lemon scented/flavored basils. More leaf production than my old lemon basil. And the leaves were a little larger although not by much. Strongly lemon scented. Made really nice bruschetta and a rather nice ice tea. All other standard basil uses would be fine.


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

Sahuarita, Arizona
Menifee, California
Pompano Beach, Florida
Grabill, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Marrero, Louisiana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Silver Springs, Nevada
Morgantown, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia

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