Ocimum, Variegated Sweet Basil 'Pesto Perpetuo'

Ocimum x citriodorum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: x citriodorum (sit-ree-oh-DOR-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Pesto Perpetuo
Additional cultivar information:(PP16260)
Hybridized by Bennerup
Registered or introduced: 2004

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Shiny/Glossy

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

N/A

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Waynesville, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

League City, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Mequon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 4, 2016, guzzleone from Rockville, MD wrote:

It is not possible to answer the questions above regarding this plant, as the multiple choices given are not accurate. It is light green with green specks/lines and white rim. It is good to cook with, but its real value is that it does not flower and can be grown through the winter inside in a pot. It will need as much sun as you can give it, and do not let it dry out. Place it in a tray with pebbles and water to raise humidity around the plant, as air in houses during the winter tend to be very dry. Pinch back new growth to encourage "bushout" and more new leaves, but once inside only pinch back when it gets leggy as too much leaf removal can hurt the plant.

Positive

On Jan 3, 2009, farmernino from Mequon, WI wrote:

I have been growing Pesto Perpetuo for 6 months, and I love it. It does not bloom, which is a huge bonus. It is columnar yet very full and gorgeous. The fragrance is very nice, flavor less than a workhorse like Genovese, but it is very worth growing for looks, fragrance, and culinary use. At 6 months now it is pretty woody, but if it weren't being blasted by hot air I think it would make it through the winter. Only drawback: no flowers = no seeds. You have to propagate this vegetatively.

Neutral

On Oct 24, 2008, Spookycharles from Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

The 'Pesto Perpetuo' is a variegated form of 'Aussie Sweetie'. The leaves are light green with dark green streaking and white edging. The foliage is highly ornamental.

The flavor is similar to that of a sweet basil and according to its patent, this is a non-flowering variety said to result in increased, year long leaf production where weather permits.

Patent is currently held by Sunny Border Nurseries, Inc. in Kensington, CT.

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