Sweet Basil

Ocimum basilicum


Sweet Basil, native to Europe, is an easily cultivated herb grown from seed sown during the spring. Its aromatic leaves are used fresh or dried as a culinary seasoning. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed Basil on his 1810 broadsheet of seeds for sale. Thomas Jefferson's neighbor, George Divers of Farmington, noted that he was not able to supply Jefferson with the pot-herbs "Sweet Marjoram, sweet basil, or summer savory" in a letter written on 28 February, 1820.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009520,-78.451699

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Blooming Dates 2003: Aug 1 – Sep 262007: Aug 16 – Oct 52008: Jul 11 – Oct 172009: Oct 6 – Nov 32010: Sep 14 – Dec 12012: Aug 31 – Nov 72013: Jul 25 – Oct 172014: Jul 17 – Oct 17