Also known as
Greek Basil, Basil
1 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Bush Basil Overview
Greek Basil is a dense low growing type of Basil that is used as a culinary herb and as an ornamental. It was originally thought to be a dwarf variety of Sweet basil but has now been found to be is own species. Greek Basil has a smaller leaf and a more delicate sweeter taste with a hint of spice. It is ideal for growing in containers both inside and outdoors. Fragrant and attractive, it can be even used as part of an annual bedding display with its delicate spires of white flowers and low growing habit.
Bush Basil Companion Plants
How to harvest Bush Basil
Start harvesting the leaves when the plant is about 15 cm in height, pinch off flowers to lengthen the harvesting period. Leaves can be dried or preserve it in olive oil.
How to propagate Bush Basil
Seed should be sown in spring onto moist compost. The seed needs to be sown indoors and can be taken out in the Summer
Take a 10 cm stem cutting from just below a leaf node from a stem that hasn't flowered. Remove the leaves 5 cm from the bottom end. Plant 5 cm deep. Keep moist or keep in a glass of water until well-rooted!
Special features of Bush Basil
Other uses of Bush Basil
Medicinal or culinary uses.
Sweet Basil can be used for various culinary dishes, including salads, vinaigrette, and pizzas. It is a popular ingredient of pesto.
Strong scent deter mosquitoes and flies.
A basil infusion is also used to soothe a cough or treat cramping.