Also known as:
- African Blue Basil
- Ocimum killmanscharicum x basilicum
- Dark Opal Basil
- Tolerant of most soils but prefers well-drained soil
- Grows up to 1.2metres tall and wide
- Will tolerate some shade
- Can be grown indoors in a brightly lit position
- Suitable for garden beds, rockeries and pots
- Needs protection from frost
- Perennial in warm climates, annual in cool and cold climates
- Seeds are sterile
- Cuttings strike easily (soft or hard wood)
- Cuttings should be kept moist (Not wet!) until established in soil or put in water (most grow roots within 2 weeks in warm weather)
- Cooking, as for any basil, has a mild flavour with slight hint of camphor
- Edible Flowers
- Can be processed and frozen for use in the kitchen
- Attracts pollinators and other garden friends
I originally purchased this plant from Mudbrick Herb Cottage because I liked the idea of fresh basil all year. It has delivered, but I still grow sweet basil for those dishes that need its pungent sweetness.
During Wild Pollinator Count Weeks it’s the first plant I visit. It is a wonderfully positive beginning as I try to count and capture (with my camera) the numerous pollinators attracted to its prolific blooms. I haven’t managed to photograph the elusive butterflies but I have shots of various bees, hoverflies and other unidentified pollinators, as well as the spiders who opportunistcally set up their webs in hope of capturing the insects harvesting pollen.
It is a hardy plant, but not very tolerant of drought. Having said that, it only requires occasional supplementary watering to keep it going. This seems a small price to pay for the ecosystem services that it provides.
Wishing you edible blooms and pollinators aplenty,
Jane Grows Garden Rooms
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