Basil, Lemon

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Lemon basil is very popular in a variety of cuisines, including Thai, Italian, Laotian, Indonesian and Persian. It is known for its strong lemon scent. It has white flowers and the leaves are an oval shape, although a bit narrower than basil (Ocimum basilicum)and often with a toothed edge. White flowers grow on spikes when permitted to reach the flowering stage. Do not allow it to reach the flowering stage during the cultivation period, as the flowers tend to take a lot of energy from the plant and will produce smaller leaves. The flowers (and two leaves below the flowers) should be removed to encourage the basil plant to continue to grow. The flowers can be used as a garnish with your lemon basil recipes. Seeds will form after the flowering and dry on the plant.

Plant Details


Latin Name:
Ocimum citriodorum
Plant Type:
Annual Herb
Care :
Grows best in fertile, moist but well drained soil. Do not over water, especially when young.
Light Requirements:
  • Full Sun
Upright, bushy habit.
Plant Height:
18-24 inches
Plant Width:
12 inches
Oval, light green leaves.
White flowers bloom through the summer.
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Special Features:
  • Edible
  • Fragrant
  • Container Use
  • Cut/Dried Flower