Ocimum basilicum citriodorum
Basil 'Pesto Perpetuo' is a wonderful culinary basil with the distinct basil flavor and a hint of lemon. A lovely plant that grows light green leaves with creamy variegation with a columnar growth habit. Very unusual for a basil and this is definitely an eye-catcher!
This basil is easy to grow, and insects and diseases seem to ignore it! It's a prolific basil so you can expect great yields.
Basil is also a fantastic companion plant and natural pest repellent. Check out Briscoe's Tips to learn what not to plant near your Basil and how you can use it to keep mosquitoes away this summer!
Basil is a wonderful plant to plant near your kitchen
windows or doorways, not just for its use in your favorite dishes, but because
this culinary herb has terrific natural pest repellent properties! Said to
effectively keep house flies and mosquitoes away, planting Basil near entryways
to your home, rubbing it on your skin and clothing, and planting it around your
yard and patio will help reduce the amount of unwanted summer pests. Planting
it in your garden will also keep destructive pests like Thrips, white flies,
and aphids away from neighboring plants. Basil blooms are also very attractive
to butterflies and other useful pollinators.
Basil is said to increase the health and flavor of many
vegetables like asparagus, bell peppers, cabbage and especially tomato plants
when companion planted together.
best results, do not plant Sage or Rue near your Basil, as this is said to
inhibit the plantís growth and flavor. Instead, grow Chamomile near your Basil
plants to encourage its success.