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Now that summer is here, we have limited our stock for online purchase. Find Monrovia plants at your local garden center. Pre-order for 2023 will be available later this year. ×

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Pesto Perpetuo Basil

Ocimum x citriodorum 'Pesto Perpetuo' PP #16,260

Striking tricolor foliage displays deep green strokes across the lime center with a creamy white edge around each leaf. Great in the garden and the kitchen. The taste is pure sweet basil, making a superb pesto or an impressive garnish. Annual.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Average Size at MaturityModerate grower to 14 to 18 in. tall, 24 to 30 in. wide.
Bloom TimeValued for foliage
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean
Growth RateModerate
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Edible, Gift Plant
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Provide well drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. May be pinched back to promote dense growth. Feed with an organic, slow release fertilizer.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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