Basil, Cinnamon

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

 

Water

 

Sun

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Cinnamon Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Lamiaceae (mint family)

Originally from India; This cultivar is native to Mexico

 

 

When top inch of soil is dry

Full sun - Part shade in hot weather

Medium-rich; well drained

12-24"

12-18"

12-18"

Price

4" Pots: $2.20

6" Pots: $3.50

Terracotta pots and other planters: 

Prices Vary

Description

  • Medium-green leaves, sometimes with red veins

  • Pinkish- purple blooms with showy purple stems  

  • Has a distinct cinnamon scent.

Keeping it Going

  • Pinch plants back to create a more compact/ bushier plant

  • Keep flowers pinched unless growing to attract pollinators

  • Don't cut into woody part of stem; it will not regenerate from new growth

  • Fertilize 1-2x per growing season

Won't Tolerate

  • Water-logged soil (don't keep saucers of water under plant)

  • Cutting into the woody part of stem

  • Temperatures below 45 degrees F

History & Points of Interest

  • This type of basil is native to Mexico

  • Historically, there have been many traditions and superstitions surrounding basil.  Those native to India held basil as a sacred herb and believed it offered protection against evil and misfortune, yet the ancient Romans and Greeks believed it to be the courier of hardship.  In Crete, in represented unrequited love, but in many European cultures, it represented the acceptance of love.  

  • Has a distinct cinnamon scent

  • Repels insects that like tomato plants - plant together

  • Attracts pollinators, such as bees and butterflies

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