This plant has a strong fragrance
Cinnamon Basil Overview
Cinnamon Basil is planted for its delicious edible leaves that have a cinnamon-like aroma. It is used in teas, baked goods, stir-fries and much more. Also known as Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon', this plant is great for baking. The beautiful purple flowers make it an attractive garden plant and it is a helpful companion plant when planted close to Tomatoes, Asparagus and Roses.
Common problems with Cinnamon Basil
Susceptible to downy mildew and attack by aphids.
Cinnamon Basil Companion Plants
How to harvest Cinnamon Basil
Harvest leaves at any time during the season when plants are mature. Leave sufficient buds on the stems to allow regrowth. Harvest flowers when they are visible on the plant. Keep removing flowers to increase the intensity of the leaves' aroma and flavor.
How to propagate Cinnamon Basil
Sow seeds in pots that are kept indoors or directly into the garden in warmer weather. Cover with a thin layer of soil and water lightly- keep moist. Germination should take place within a week.
Take cuttings at the top of the plant and place in water to allow root growth. Plant rooted cutting in fertile, well-drained soil when roots are 50% of the size of the cutting (within 5-10 days).
Special features of Cinnamon Basil
Repels harmful insects
Mosquitos and white flies
Plant in pots with sufficient drainage and place in a position where it will receive 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Should receive sufficient sunlight exposure.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Cinnamon Basil
It is used in teas, baked goods, stir-fries and much more.