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A picture of a Bush Basil

Bush Basil

Ocimum minimum

Also known as

Greek Basil

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H4-H1c

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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.

Common problems

Companion plants

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed

Seed should be sown in spring onto moist compost. The seed needs to be sown indoors and can be taken out in the Summer

Cuttings

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

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Pot plant

Uses

Edible

Sweet Basil can be used for various culinary dishes, including salads, vinaigrette, and pizzas. It is a popular ingredient of pesto.

Insect repellent

Strong scent deter mosquitoes and flies.

Medicinal

A basil infusion is also used to soothe a cough or treat cramping.