Basil
'African Blue'

Photo by Jengod

When I first saw ‘African Blue’ basil in bloom, I was amazed. I had never seen so many bees on one plant!  A must for beekeepers & additionally the leaves make a very tasty pesto. It is very cold tolerant & the only basil that does well in the San Francisco fog. An accidental cross between a tall East African basil & ‘Dark Opal’, ‘African Blue’ grows to 1.5-2’ tall when pinched for eating & a 3’x3’ bush if left to bloom. Purple buds open to lavender flowers & the leaves may have purple speckles on the underside. It does not set seeds & thus keeps growing/blooming until frost.Pinch your plant to encourage bushiness, then plant in full sun & well amended soil. Keep moist for the best flavor.

Anni J,
Propagator

Full Sun

Average Water

Annual Herb
All Zones