Basil - African Blue Basil

Basil - African Blue Basil

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certified organic cert number 22013

Usually available: All year

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

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 African Blue Basil Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum 'Dark Opal'

History

African Blue Basil is a hybrid between Ocimum kilimandscharicum (Camphor Basil) and Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' ). It was first developed in the 1980s, making it a relatively new addition to the basil family. Its unique qualities, including a perennial growth habit in warm climates and attractive purple-veined leaves, have made it popular among gardeners and cooks.

Description

This plant is known for its striking appearance, with deep green leaves that feature purple veins and a subtle purple tinge on the undersides. The flowers are a vibrant pink-purple, attracting bees and other pollinators to the garden. African Blue Basil grows to about 1.5m in height and almost the same wide.

Growing Conditions

African Blue Basil thrives in warm, sunny conditions. It prefers well-drained soil with a neutral pH and requires regular watering, especially in dry conditions. Consistent moisture will promote lush growth while it is more drought-tolerant than many basil varieties. This basil variety is perennial in warm climates (zones 9 to 11) but can be grown as an annual in cooler regions.

Medicinal Use

The leaves of African Blue Basil are rich in essential oils, including camphor, which gives it distinctive medicinal properties. It's used for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. It can be applied topically to wounds or insect bites or ingested to help with digestive issues and respiratory conditions.

Culinary Use

The robust flavour of African Blue Basil is somewhat similar to traditional sweet basil but with a unique camphor undertone due to its essential oil content. It's excellent for adding a flavourful twist to pestos, salads, and sauces. The colourful leaves also make it an attractive garnish.

Other Uses

Apart from its medicinal and culinary applications, African Blue Basil is used in gardens as an ornamental plant due to its attractive foliage and flowers. It's also beneficial for attracting pollinators like bees, which are vital for the pollination of many other garden plants.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We cannot send plants to Western Australia, Northern Territory & Tasmania due to restrictions.

We can send plants to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, ACT.

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Thursday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

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Herb Plants
- If you are unhappy with the quality of Herb plants they must be photographed on the day of receiving and emailed to us within 24 hours.

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