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Ocimum basilicum 'Spicy Globe'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Spicy Globe
Additional cultivar information: (aka Spicy Bush, Piccole Foglie)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive EverCurious On Feb 6, 2014, EverCurious from Palmdale, CA wrote:

Like other reviewers I love the flavor and aroma of this basil, the small leaves are perfect for adding to salads or as a garnish without being shredded or overwhelming. Also, the flowers are edible and I think of them as "summers candy". Surprisingly the flowers are sweeter than those of sweet basil and are wonderful on salads or simply by themselves as a treat.

Positive DannyJoe On Nov 15, 2013, DannyJoe from York, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

My new "Favorite Herb" AND a great salad green.
Grew mine from seed, with some variations in the seedlings.
These variations were kind of nice as they had staggered blossoming.
All variations had same wonderful flavor ' aroma.
Will replant saved seed; but hoping it will reseed itself and grow everywhere.

Positive rockgardner On Jul 5, 2009, rockgardner from Billerica, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Love this plant, so easy to grow, wonderful aroma. I don't understand why the plant description says seed collecting with this plant is N/A as I grew mine from seed I collected myself from a commercially grown mother plant.

Positive leooneil On Apr 1, 2009, leooneil from Crosby, TX wrote:

My favorite Basil.
Great in marinara sauce.
Also great on pasta with olive oil, Cavender's Greek Seasoning and Parm/Romano cheese.
You'll think you're in a 5 star Italian Restaurant!

Positive carminator1 On Aug 1, 2006, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great basil, mine got huge. I love the flavor and aroma that it gives. I usually make my own salad dressings and always put a little chopped basil on it. Great on salads, cooked,etc...

Positive Suze_ On May 1, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I really enjoy this basil. Very good flavor. Small leaves make it convenient to use. Compact plant size makes it easy to grow in a smaller container.

Positive jkom51 On Jan 13, 2003, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I grew several different basils in 2002 and the Bush Spicy Globe was far superior for fresh herb use to all the others. The Genovese-types are better for pesto-making, but the Bush Spicy Globe is the most popular in France. It has very small, tender leaves and (more importantly) soft stems, very like parsley. This makes it extremely useful for fresh salads, where the tough stems of other basil varieties are unpleasant. It has the same wonderful spicy fragrance. In addition, it grew for five months before finally starting to flower! It never needed pinching back and grew in a perfect round, bright green mound (potted to thwart snails/slugs). My husband is not a big salad eater, but he absolutely fell in love with heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salads, drizzled with some virgin olive oil, lemon pepper and a good handful of this basil atop. From one plant I was able to satisfy us (three salads a week for months) and also give half a dozen friends several generous sprigs each to try. They also loved it and plan to grow it in 2003 themselves! Highly recommended.

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

Dwarf varieties with very small, less than 1/2 inch long, pungent leaves. White flowers. Plants are excellent for edging or containers.


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

Corona, California
Palmdale, California
Brooksville, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Billerica, Massachusetts
Kingshill, Mississippi
Martell, Nebraska
Essington, Pennsylvania
Pascoag, Rhode Island
York, South Carolina
Crosby, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
American Fork, Utah
Catharpin, Virginia

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