Ocimum, Bush Basil, Greek Basil 'Spicy Globe'

Ocimum basilicum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Spicy Globe
Additional cultivar information:(aka Spicy Bush, Piccole Foglie)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Corona, California

Palmdale, California

Brooksville, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Billerica, Massachusetts

KINGSHILL, Mississippi

Martell, Nebraska

Essington, Pennsylvania

Pascoag, Rhode Island

York, South Carolina

Crosby, Texas

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

American Fork, Utah

Kingshill, Virgin Islands

Catharpin, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2014, EverCurious from Palmdale, CA wrote:

Like other reviewers I love the flavor and aroma of this basil, the small leaves are perfect for adding to salads or as a garnish without being shredded or overwhelming. Also, the flowers are edible and I think of them as "summers candy". Surprisingly the flowers are sweeter than those of sweet basil and are wonderful on salads or simply by themselves as a treat.


On Nov 15, 2013, DannyJoe from York, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

My new "Favorite Herb" AND a great salad green.
Grew mine from seed, with some variations in the seedlings.
These variations were kind of nice as they had staggered blossoming.
All variations had same wonderful flavor ' aroma.
Will replant saved seed; but hoping it will reseed itself and grow everywhere.


On Jul 5, 2009, rockgardner from Billerica, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Love this plant, so easy to grow, wonderful aroma. I don't understand why the plant description says seed collecting with this plant is N/A as I grew mine from seed I collected myself from a commercially grown mother plant.


On Apr 1, 2009, leooneil from Crosby, TX wrote:

My favorite Basil.
Great in marinara sauce.
Also great on pasta with olive oil, Cavender's Greek Seasoning and Parm/Romano cheese.
You'll think you're in a 5 star Italian Restaurant!


On Aug 1, 2006, carminator1 from mobile, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Great basil, mine got huge. I love the flavor and aroma that it gives. I usually make my own salad dressings and always put a little chopped basil on it. Great on salads, cooked,etc...


On May 1, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I really enjoy this basil. Very good flavor. Small leaves make it convenient to use. Compact plant size makes it easy to grow in a smaller container.


On Jan 13, 2003, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I grew several different basils in 2002 and the Bush Spicy Globe was far superior for fresh herb use to all the others. The Genovese-types are better for pesto-making, but the Bush Spicy Globe is the most popular in France. It has very small, tender leaves and (more importantly) soft stems, very like parsley. This makes it extremely useful for fresh salads, where the tough stems of other basil varieties are unpleasant. It has the same wonderful spicy fragrance. In addition, it grew for five months before finally starting to flower! It never needed pinching back and grew in a perfect round, bright green mound (potted to thwart snails/slugs). My husband is not a big salad eater, but he absolutely fell in love with heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella salads, drizzled with some virgin olive o... read more


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

Dwarf varieties with very small, less than 1/2 inch long, pungent leaves. White flowers. Plants are excellent for edging or containers.