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OCIMUM basilicum 'Well-Sweep Purple Miniature'

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Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

OCIMUM basilicum 'Well-Sweep Purple Miniature'

Plant Common Name

Basil, Well-Sweep Purple Miniature Basil

General Description

Distinguished by its colorful foliage and its dense compact habit, this introduction from New Jersey herb-grower Cyrus Hyde is well suited for both ornamental and culinary use. It is one of hundreds of selections of Ocimum basilicum, an annual or short-lived perennial from tropical Asia that has long been cultivated for its aromatic, flavorful leaves.

The fragrant, oval leaves of this basil are purple when young, fading to olive-green with age. They are densely borne on low, shrubby, mounded plants. The robustly flavored leaves taste and look great in salads, pesto or pasta sauce. Spikes of two-lipped, pale purple flowers appear in summer. Flowering causes the leaves to deteriorate in appearance and flavor, so keep flower buds pinched back for maximum production and display.

Basil requires full sun and warm, relatively fertile, well-drained soil. Grow it as a spring and summer annual in cooler zones and a year-round perennial in frost-free climates. Water regularly for good growth and harvest the leaves often to encourage the continued growth of tender shoots and leaves. Basil is the perfect companion plant for tomatoes, so consider planting a few at the base of their cages or trellises. This vegetatively propagated cultivar is available only as plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Herb

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes