Basil 'Lettuce-Leaf' Seed

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Basil 'Lettuce-Leaf' Seed

A favorite variety for pesto, this large-leaf basil holds well under hot growing conditions.

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(Ocimum basilicum crispum LAMIACEAE)

The most productive of the basils, this large Italian variety is excellent for pesto and basil in oil. The large curly leaves are 4" wide by 6" long and are borne on a compact plant. Leaves hold their flavor well under hot growing conditions, and the plant is slower to flower, ensuring a longer harvest period.


Foliage:Somewhat crinkly, lettuce-like foliage
Lifecycle:1    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:12 inches
Diameter:9 inches
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

Propagation / Germination:Germinates in 7 to 14 days at 70 F. Direct sow or transplant after last frost.
Spacing:12 to 16 inches
Sun:Full sun

Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.

Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.

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