Boxwood Basil

Plant boxwood basil in small pots for a table centerpiece.

Boxwood Basil

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Ocimum basilicum. 'Boxwood'
  • Type: warm-season annual
  • Planting time: after last frost in spring
  • Features: aromatic leaves with classic basil flavor
  • Light: full sun to part shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, but well drained
  • Spacing: 12 inches
  • Plant Size: 12 to 16 inches tall and up to 12 inches wide
  • Garden use: Plant singly in containers, in mixed containers, or as an edging in garden.
  • Culinary use: In the kitchen, tender young stems can be used with the leaves.

Boxwood basil is named for its shape – like a little boxwood. It originated in France for making pesto, but unlike the large-leaved basils, Boxwood has tiny leaves and a tight, fine-textured form. Like other basils, it likes warm weather and is easy to grow. Just clip stems as needed, trimming more before flowering if you need a lot of leaves at one time. Never remove all the leaves or cut back to the woody stems or you’ll end up with a skeleton. The little leaves of this variety make it easy to sprinkle the fresh flavor of basil on just about anything.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

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