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Genovese Basil is often referred to as Italian Basil because it is a common ingredient used to add flavor to Italian food. Chances are that this is what you will find most prominently at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. This variety has dark green, shiny leaves that tend to curl under as the leaves grow in size. The plant will produce long stalks of small white flowers. In an herb garden, the flowers should be pinched off to promote more leaf growth. This variety tends to produce a very high yield of leaves, especially when the flowers are pinched. If you let the flowers bloom, the leaves will lose most of their flavor and the plant will go to seed and die off.
Ocimum basilicum 'Genovese'
Grows best in fertile, moist but well drained soil. Do not over water, especially when young.
Upright, bushy habit.
Large, dark green shiny, aromatic leaves.
Tiny white flowers bloom late in the season.