African blue basil growing shrub‎ type of basil of the genus Ocimum also known as Blue basil, African blue basil perennial evergreen in warm climate and annual in colder climate also used as ornamental plant and attract pollinators, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual).

African blue basil leaves

Leaves color of can be: green, blue or purple the shape is oval

Flower color purple, the flowers small that grow on inflorescence

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Requirements for African blue basil growing and care:

Warm weather, rich soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction in African blue basil?
Necessary vegetative reproduction

Difficulties or problems when growing:
In full sun there is too much flower what that makes the trim of the leaves hard work

Recommended planting season?
Spring as annual, spring, summer, autumn as perennial

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / beginning of the winter

How to prune:
recommend to thinning the inner branches

Size of the plant?
0.6-1.2 m, 1-4 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Small purple flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend to thinning the flower

Pollination is done by:
None it’s sterile

Vegetative Reproduction

How to make Vegetative Reproduction?
Stems, Cutting

The best time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Summer, in the house you can all the year

How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
1-3 weeks

What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction?
Moist, warm weather, shade, possible to put the stem in glass of water

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
All year long, in the winter sometime the plant is week, depend in how much it’s cold

How to harvest the leaves?
Prune the entire branch except leave few buds

Information about leaves:
The leaves are green, blue, purple the shape is oval

Uses of African blue basil leaves:
Pesto, Spice

Scientific name:

Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Dark Opal’

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