Greek Columnar Sweet Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Excellent with sauces, cheeses and meat dishes, this basil has a slight cinnamon taste. A more upright form for garden or containers. Basil has a very appealing fragrance and can be grown in the kitchen window for winter culinary uses such as soups and stews.
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10-11: Perennial
Grow as Annual in all zones

Good to Grow...for one season:


Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering- keep soil evenly moist but not soggy

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Botanical PronunciationOSS-ih-mum bass-IL-ee-kum
Average Size at Maturity24-36" tall x 9-12" wide
Bloom TimeSummer; Grown for edible foliage
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitColumnar
Landscape UseBorder
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering- keep soil evenly moist but not soggy

Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring. Harvest leaves when young for best flavor. Pinch off flower stems to encourage dense new growth. Warm season annual.

This Plant's Growing Zones: ALL

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone:

Grow As Annual in All Zones