This plant has a mild fragrance
Ocimum basilicum is known as Sweet Basil, it is an aromatic annual or biennial herb with a strong flavour that is used heavily in Italian cuisine. This is a great choice for baking due to its sweet taste. Easy to grow, maintain and can be grown in a container indoors. Sweet Basil can also be grown as an ornamental, it produces pretty, small white-pink flowers, with some cultivars producing more showy blooms. An infusion is used as a homoeopathic medicine to soothe a cough or treat cramping.
Japanese beetles, and earwigs.
Start harvesting the leaves when the plant is about 20 cm in height, pinch off flowers to lengthen the harvesting period. Leaves can be dried or preserved in olive oil.
Sow seeds shallowly indoors in winter or outside from Springtime. Germination takes 7-14 days.
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!
Basil is a medium feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients.
Can be grown in a container provided it is large enough.
Can be grown in a container indoors provided it receives a minimum of 6 hours of light and a moderate amount of water.
Sweet Basil can be used for various culinary dishes, including salads, vinaigrette, and pizzas. It is a popular ingredient of pesto.
Strong scent deters mosquitoes and flies.
A basil infusion is also used to soothe a cough or treat cramping.