This is the classic Italian basil, and the crucial ingredient for pesto! Large, dark green leaves are tender, delicious, and aromatic. This plant loves warm weather, so be sure to wait until all danger of frost has passed before planting. Does beautifully in containers. Slow to bolt as long as you regularly pinch the blooms. Once it has bolted, use the flowers as garnish for salads, pasta, and drinks.
- Light: Full sun
- Spacing: 15-18 inches
- Plant size: 16-18 inches tall, 12 to 16 inches wide
- Garden use: Containers, herb beds, flower beds
- Culinary use: Italian and Asian dishes
* Photos and description courtesy of Bonnie Plants.