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Ocimum basilicum 'British Basil' (Basil 'British Basil')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ocimum basilicum 'British Basil'

Other names

Basil 'British Basil'

Genus

Ocimum Ocimum

Variety or Cultivar

'British Basil' _ 'British Basil' is a upright, bushy, aromatic, half-hardy, short-lived perennial or biennial, often grown as an annual, with edible, glossy, broadly ovate, mid-green leaves and long spikes of whorled, tubular, white to lilac-pink flowers in summer.


Ocimum basilicum 'British Basil' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves are sweet and spicy.

Habit

Bushy, Upright

Flower

Lilac-pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leafhoppers Aphids , Leafhoppers

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch out flower heads as they appear to ensure continued leaf growth. If left to flower, cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Ocimum basilicum 'British Basil' (Basil 'British Basil') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, City, Containers, Drying, Flavouring food and drinks, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant as an annual in light, well-drained, fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun. Ideally grown in a container or pot. Water freely in summer. Can be grown as a short-lived subshrub if overwintered indoors.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Ocimum basilicum 'British Basil'

Other names

Basil 'British Basil'

Genus

Ocimum Ocimum

Variety or Cultivar

'British Basil' _ 'British Basil' is a upright, bushy, aromatic, half-hardy, short-lived perennial or biennial, often grown as an annual, with edible, glossy, broadly ovate, mid-green leaves and long spikes of whorled, tubular, white to lilac-pink flowers in summer.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves are sweet and spicy.

Habit

Bushy, Upright


Colour

Flower

Lilac-pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple in Summer; Dark-purple in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Leafhoppers

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch out flower heads as they appear to ensure continued leaf growth. If left to flower, cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ocimum basilicum 'British Basil' (Basil 'British Basil') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, City, Containers, Drying, Flavouring food and drinks, Foliage only

Cultivation

Plant as an annual in light, well-drained, fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun. Ideally grown in a container or pot. Water freely in summer. Can be grown as a short-lived subshrub if overwintered indoors.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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