Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil Plant Features

Fragrant and delicious, basil is a cook's best friend. This easy-care, sun-loving herb comes in a variety of leaf shapes and flavors that work well in soup, salad, pesto, and a host of other flavorful dishes. Plus, basil leaves can be harvested any time you need them so be sure to plant plenty in beds, borders, or containers near your kitchen door. 

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Basil Growing Instructions

Plant basil in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Basil does best in a rich, well-drained soil. If you are growing basil in containers use a commercial potting mix to keep your plants in top form. Water the plants whenever the soil surface feels dry to the touch. If your plant starts to grow too leggy, pinch it back to encourage more compact growth. Basil is an annual herb that is frost tender, so in the fall harvest your entire plant before cold weather strikes.

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Basil

Nothing tastes better in mid-summer then fresh Basil piled on top of a fresh sliced Tomato.

Dwarf Marigold is a colorful companion in pot filled with Basil.

Thyme and Basil are a great team in an herb garden or container.