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Lemon Basil

Ocimum x citriodorum 'Perpetual Pesto'

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Lemon Basil (Ocimum x citriodorum 'Perpetual Pesto') at America's Best Flowers

Lemon Basil foliage

Lemon Basil foliage

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Lemon Basil (Ocimum x citriodorum 'Perpetual Pesto') at America's Best Flowers

Lemon Basil

Lemon Basil

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Description:

Primarily a culinary variety that produces attractive and aromatic gray-green leaves with creamy white edges; flowers insignificant, pinch back to promote leaf growth; great for mixed containers, herb gardens, and annual beds

Edible Qualities

Lemon Basil is an annual herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities. The fragrant pointy grayish green leaves with distinctive creamy white edges are usually harvested from early summer to early fall. The leaves have a zesty taste.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Seasoning

Planting & Growing

Lemon Basil will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant is typically grown in a designated herb garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Lemon Basil is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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