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Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon' (Cinnamon Basil)

Sweet Basil 'Cinnamon', Cinnamon Basil, Mexican Spice Basil


Noted for its spicy flavor and almost incense-like fragrance, Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon' (Cinnamon Basil) is a perennial herb, often grown as an annual, with narrow, slightly serrated, dark green leaves adorned with reddish-purple veins. In summer, attractive spikes of small, tubular white or pink-tinged flowers arranged in whorls are borne on contrasting dark purple stems. While most basils are grown just for their leaves and flavor, Cinnamon Basil is also quite ornamental in the garden.

  • Grows up to 18-30 in. tall (45-75 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm).
  • Performs best in fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Water freely in summer. Provide a sheltered site. Basil is extremely frost sensitive.
  • Harvest mature leaves for fresh use at any time. To dry the leaves, hang out of direct light, then store in an airtight container in a cool place.
  • Keep an eye out for leafhoppers, aphids, slugs, snails and powdery mildews. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Pinch out flower heads to promote bushy plant growth and to extend the plant’s productive life.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Ocimum - Basils
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Ocimum - Basils
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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