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Ocimum minimum

Ocimum minimum

Greek Basil is a dense low growing type of Basil that is used as a culinary herb and as an ornamental. It was originally thought to be a dwarf variety of Sweet basil but has now been found to be is own species. Greek Basil has a smaller leaf and a more delicate sweeter taste with a hint of spice. It is ideal for growing in containers both inside and outdoors. Fragrant and attractive, it can be even used as part of an annual bedding display with its delicate spires of white flowers and low growing habit.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Start harvesting the leaves when the plant is about 15 cm in height, pinch off flowers to lengthen the harvesting period. Leaves can be dried or preserve it in olive oil.

Propagation

Seed
Seed should be sown in spring onto moist compost. The seed needs to be sown indoors and can be taken out in the Summer
Cuttings
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!

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe, Eurasia
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand, Loam, Compost
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Sweet Basil can be used for various culinary dishes, including salads, vinaigrette, and pizzas. It is a popular ingredient of pesto.
Insect repellent
Strong scent deter mosquitoes and flies.
Medicinal
A basil infusion is also used to soothe a cough or treat cramping.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

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