Ocimum basilicum 'Boxwood' flowers
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Height: 12 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
A compact, dense variety producing flower spikes adorned with white-lavender flowers in mid summer; aromatic leaves are very small but full of flavor; great for mixed containers, herb gardens, and annual beds
Boxwood Basil is an annual herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant oval green leaves are usually harvested from early to late summer. The leaves have a pleasant taste and a pleasant fragrance.
The leaves are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Planting & Growing
Boxwood Basil will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated edibles garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Boxwood Basil is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.