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PlantFiles: Cinnamon Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon'

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

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44 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
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)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive daistuff On Sep 1, 2008, daistuff from Cary, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This also seems to be unattractive to Japanese Beetles in comparison to regular basil. I had the two planted side-by-side until I finally cut the regular basil to the ground because it was always covered with beetles. The cinnamon basil filled in and still never has more than one or two beetles on it.

Positive hanna1 On Jul 7, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very pretty in bloom. Companion plant to repel aphids, mites and tomato hornworms. Leaves can be used fresh or dried in pasta, vegetables and soups. Pairs well with fruits and vegetables of the Mediterranean and tropics. Full sun here is too much, I had to give it some afternoon shade.

Positive mystic On Aug 11, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has a small to medium-sized leaf with dark stems and blooms touched with bronze. The scent has the richness of basil with an added spiciness that is especially delicious with summer and winter squash and fresh fruits. It will go to seed and stop producing if you don't harvest the flowers.
To harvest, remove growth whenever four sets of true leaves can be left on the plant. This encourages bushier growth and increased yield. For best foliage flavor, cut before flowering. Leaf flavor changes after flowers open. After cutting, wash and pat leaves dry. Use immediately or store in perforated plastic bags in the refrigerator. When drying the leaves, harvest early in the day but after dew has dried.


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

, (2 reports)
Midland City, Alabama
Castro Valley, California
Lawndale, California
Ellenton, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Mililani, Hawaii
Iowa City, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Lake Charles, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
Bellaire, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Henderson, Nevada
Silver Springs, Nevada
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Scranton, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Marion, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Angleton, Texas
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
American Fork, Utah
Leesburg, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Volga, West Virginia

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