Boxwood Basil

Ocimum basilicum 'Boxwood'

Attractive, small-leaved, dense basil plant. Great in the garden and the kitchen: the taste is sweetly spicy and best used in salads, pesto, or pasta sauce. Basil loves growing alongside tomato plants in a sunny garden or in containers on a patio or balcony.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationOSS-ih-mum bass-IL-ee-kum
Average Size at Maturity6 to 12 inches tall, up to 9 inches wide.
Bloom TimeGrown for edible foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Green Roof
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Control weeds until the plants have filled in. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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