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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: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2003 Aug 1 to 2003 Sep 262007 Aug 16 to 2007 Oct 52008 Jul 11 to 2008 Oct 172009 Oct 6 to 2009 Nov 32010 Sep 14 to 2010 Dec 12012 Aug 31 to 2012 Nov 72013 Jul 25 to 2013 Oct 172014 Jul 17 to 2014 Oct 17
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