Ocimum, Heirloom Lemon Basil, Sweet Basil 'Mrs. Burns'

Ocimum basilicum var. citriodora

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum var. citriodora
Cultivar: Mrs. Burns



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

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)

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

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Clearwater, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Welaka, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Marrero, Louisiana

Silver Springs, Nevada

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Coos Bay, Oregon

Fort Worth, Texas

Humble, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 2, 2007, kmom246 from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I prefer Mrs. Burns to Sweet Dani for both fragrance and taste; however, it is slightly more difficult to germinate and does not seem to be as vigorous a grower here in the high desert. I have grown it only in "full desert sun", however, and it may benefit from afternoon shade (as so many "full sun" plants do here in the desert). I like it so much, though, that while I will continue to grow Sweet Dani for "every day use," I will grow Mrs. Burns for tea and aromatherapy. The leaves are smaller and more delicate than Sweet Dani, and the plants more compact and bushy.


On Mar 4, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

New Mexico heirloom.


On May 3, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Lemon basil taste with sweet, tangy flavor. Very bright green, 2-21/2" long leaves with white blooms. Heirloom.


On May 3, 2002, bmuller from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

By far the best variety of lemon basil I've found is one called "Mrs. Burns'". Wonderful fragrance, even when drooping and dying, left in the garden in the winter. Tasty and soothing as a component of an herb tea mixture as well as flavorful for cooking.


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

Small-leaves and a wonderful citrus fragrance.Delicious in tea, vinegar, jelly, and with seafood. 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.