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Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon'
Ocimum Basilicum Seeds
Cinnamon Basil is very attractive with sturdy purple/chocolate stems and purple buds which open to pink flowers. What's more the dark green leaves are edible and aromatic with the warm spicy scent of cinnamon. It's a lovely foliage plant for summer bouquets. These are lovely plants to grow for late summer/autumn flowers in your garden, for cut flowers and your bees and butterflies will love them too!
Cinnamon Basil is originally from Mexico where the plants grow year round. For best results here in the UK treat them like half hardy annuals and sow each year in spring for late summer flowers. They are fine outdoors in warm sheltered gardens. In exposed and cold places they will need the protection of a poly tunnel to perform well.
Half Hardy Annual
Height & Spread
60-75cm/1.5-2 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot wide
Sow indoors in modules in March – April. Germinates in 10 days- 2 weeks at 18°C-21°C. Transplant to individual pots when the seedlings are large enough to handle and grow on until they have formed sturdy young plants. Keep warm!
Basil is very sensitive to cold conditions so it's best to wait until the soil is warm before planting out. Plant out in May in full sun 30cm/1 foot apart. Pinch out growing tips when the plants are 20cm tall (8 inches) to encourage side shoots.
Cinnamon Basil is lovely for cut flower beds, herb gardens, borders and for growing in containers too. They will perform best in a sheltered spot in full sun.
Basil flowers and foliage are produced from June to September or even October in warm places. Usually takes 10-11 weeks from seed to flower.
Cut when flowers begin to form and stems are firm. Basil lasts up to 10 days as a cut flower and will often root in the vase .
In the cutting garden grow Cinnamon Basil with other foliage and fillers. They combine well with the fine feathery foliage of Nigella and blue flowers such as Salvia viridis and the glaucous foliage of Cerinthe major Purpurascens. In garden borders they make a lovely contrast to dramatic Rudbeckia flowers.