BASIL – AFRICAN BLUE

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COMMON NAME African Blue Basil, African Basil, Dark Opal African Basil
BOTANICAL NAME Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicumDark Opal
HEIGHT 2′ to 4′
WIDTH 3′ to 4′
STERILE
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 5 years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 30 °F
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water every day for 2 weeks. Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply at least once a week until it has been 3 months. Best results with regular irrigation. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Yes
SALT TOLERANCE No
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose 10-10-10 once every month from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, and stems. Do not over-fertilize, as this will result in more foliage and less flowers.
FLOWER Heavily produces abundant 6″ infloresences with a pink flower and purple calyx. Has a powerful, alluring fragrance.
MONTH OF COLOR All year
FRUIT Sterile, no seeds.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.)
COMMENTS Attracts tons of pollinating bees! Flowers become so profuse, due to the sterility of the plant, and are so profuse they can cause the plant to fall over. Pruning back the plant helps to maintain balance and allows for the flowers and foliage to continue flourishing. Leaves are green, developing purple veining over time, and can be used as basil for cooking. Easily propagated by cuttings. Native to Africa, Madagascar, and southern Asia.
PRICE 3 gallon $13