African Blue Basil
African Blue Basil
African Blue Basil
African Blue Basil
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African Blue Basil

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African blue basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum 'Dark Opal') is a hybrid basil variety, a cross between camphor basil and dark opal basil. It is one of a few types of basil that are perennial. African blue basil plants are sterile, unable to produce seeds of their own, and can only be propagated by cuttings.

the blooms of the African blue basil are particularly loved by Australian native bees, both solitary and Social stingless bees love them

All parts of the flower, leaves and stems are edible; although some might find the camphor scent too strong for use in the kitchen, the herb reportedly yields a tasty pesto with a "rich, mellow flavor" and can be used as a seasoning in soups and salads, particularly those featuring tomato, green beans, chicken, etc

The leaves of African blue basil start out purple when young, only growing green as the given leaf grows to its full size, and even then retaining purple veins.
It blooms profusely like an annual, but being sterile can never go to seed. It is also taller than many basil cultivars. These blooms are very good at attracting bees and other pollinators.

 

Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 1.5m
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

Pot Sizes: 40mm tube stock cuttings & 100mm Advanced plants