Sweet Basil 'Italian Large Leaf'

Ocimum basilicum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Italian Large Leaf
Additional cultivar information:(aka Italian Broadleaf Sweet Basil)




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Batesville, Arkansas

Clovis, California

Irvine, California

Los Angeles, California

Menifee, California

Redwood City, California

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Welaka, Florida

Ft Mitchell, Kentucky

Clinton, Massachusetts

Brandon, Mississippi

Buffalo, New York

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Germantown, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 24, 2010, ecschroeder from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

While classified as an herb, we us it almost like a vegetable.

We make pesto with it every summer and freeze it in 1/4 cup portions for pizza sauce and spagetti sauce, etc.

Fresh basil is best with slices garden fresh tomatoes.

If you find you have not planted enough from seed, basil is also easily propagated by placing cuttings in water. They readily grow roots and can then be transplanted. In a short time you will be able to selectively harvest leaves.


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

This plant is grows like a champ in our hot, humid Arkansas weather and is larger than our other two varieties, Dark Opal and Genovese. It branches well when topped and seems very pest and disease resistant.

It serves as a good standard of comparison when tasting along side the others. The taste is softer than either of our other two varieties, making it a good general purpose herb for all the standard classics.


On Oct 31, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Grew well all summer in a 14" container in zone 8a. Removing flower heads and pinching back lead to bushier, stronger growth. Self-sowed itself into all the surrounding containers, but seedlings are easy to pull out. This is not a particularly strong-tasting basil although the leaves are a nice size for cooking (a few inches long and wide, not huge). Seeds are easy to collect - just shake them out of dried flower heads. I'll grow these again next year. Grows best in moist, rich soil in full sun.