Ocimum basilicum, annual Varieties offered: Genovese Basil--(shown in 3rd photo) "The choice of many connoisseurs for making pesto. Also called Perfumed Basil. Leaves are slightly smaller and finer than Sweet Basil with more aroma and potency."--from the Fedco Seeds catalogue.
Sweet Basil--highest yielder, great all-arounder for fresh eating, pesto, drying
Thai Basil--purple tinged plant and flowers, petite size lovely in containers, anise flavored
Lime Basil--incredibly fresh lime aroma and flavor, loved this in my garden last summer
Basil assortment 4-pack has one of each variety above.
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What garden is complete without basil? To keep plants producing leaves, pinch off the top growth, especially when buds form. However, to create good karma in the garden, allow to flower at some point for your wildlife. So, even if basil is not your favorite in the kitchen, grow some plants and allow to flower--pollinators and beneficial insects LOVE basil. 3" peat pot, 4-packs, or 4 variety pack.