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Basil 'Genova'

Ocimum basilicum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Genova
Additional cultivar information:(aka Genovese)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

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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:

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:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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


Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona

Batesville, Arkansas

Mountain View, California

Daytona Beach, Florida

Miami, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Palmetto, Florida

Ewing, Kentucky

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bayville, New Jersey

Mooers, New York

Vinton, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Knoxville, Tennessee

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

We are growing this for the first time side by side with Italian Large Leaf and Dark Opal.

The internodes are more tightly spaced than either of the other two and branches readily even without topping. We thought perhaps with the attractive smell insects would love it, but we find it to be very pest and disease resistant, and it's not for lack of bugs!

Compared with the more common Italian Large Leaf, Genovese stands out as being distinctively spicier with an oddly camphor-like quality to the flavor. For cooking, we might prefer Italian Large Leaf over this variety, but time will tell.


On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I'm not a real big basil fan, but like a little now and then. Genovese does really well in my garden, and my rabbits love it!


On Nov 22, 2003, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grow this one it works well in my greenhouse also works well as part of a biofilter for my fish production--good flavor and great pesto ingredient--I cut it off above the first leaves and it re-grows well-again and again


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

Genova is a special Italian strain that is sweet and spicy without having too much clove scent. The leaves are about 3-4 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Plants in the ground can reach 5 feet, but it's best to keep them pruned to about 3 feet. It thrives in our summer heat. Slow to bolt.