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Basil, Italian, Genovese Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Color Name: Genovese Basil

Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese' is an annual native to India, Africa, and Asia. One of the most popular herbs, it is now cultivated in all temperate climates throughout the world. Of all the basils to grow, and there are about 150 varieties, Genovese basil is one of the best because it yields 7 to 8 cuttings and makes the best pesto. In Italy, it is considered a sign of love. When a woman puts out a pot of basil, it means she is ready to receive her suitor. 

Extremely tender, fragrant, extra-large, dark green leaves. Height 18-24". Grows best in full sun.  'Genovese' is the Italian strain regarded as the best for pesto. It has large dark green leaves, each leaf up to 2" long. It grows to 18-24" and has a tall and uniform habit. Bushy plant with ovate, glossy, bright green leaves often with a toothed edge to 2" long. Flowers grown on spikes should be removed as they take too much energy away from the plant.

Used for cooking, especially Italian and Thai dishes.

Full sun and regular waterings a must for full, healthy crop.

Growing Tips: Basil grows best in an outdoor environment with exposure to five or more hours of sunlight each day, but can be cultivated indoors in pots, as well. Basil needs plenty of sunlight to grow and flower, so make sure it is in a bright place. The basil herb plant will stop growing after its flowers mature. To ensure that the plant continues to produce leaves, pinch of the stems that are flowering to prevent the plant from going to seed. Of course, letting a basil herb plant go to seed means that the seeds can be collected and cultivated in the following growing season.

Flower Color: White shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 18-24 Inches / Spread: 12-20 Inches

Hardy in Zone:6
Blooms:Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Cut Flower or Foliage
Cut Flower or Foliage
Dried Flower
Dried Flower
Fragrant
Fragrant
Container
Container
  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen Plant
  • Landscapes
Attracts:
Butterflies
Butterflies
Critter Resistance:
Deer
Deer