Ocimum, Cinnamon Basil 'Cinnamon'

Ocimum basilicum

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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


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

Midland City, Alabama

Castro Valley, California

Lawndale, California

Johnstown, Colorado

Ellenton, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Dacula, Georgia


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 6, 2018, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Easy to propagate it by seeds or cuttings. This fresh herb goes so well with fresh squeezed lime juice in Vietnamese pho, the beef noodle soup!! I never grow this before because I did not know how to use it properly but now I do!


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.


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.


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.