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Ocimum x africanum (Lemon Basil) Herb Plant

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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Lemon Basil (Ocimum x africanum) Herb in 9cm Pot

Ocimum x africanum also known as Ocimum x citriodorum is a vigorous upright plant with grey green leaves and numerous stems, Lemon Basil is considered an annual in Britain, but can have its life extended if it is brought indoors when the weather cools. As a culinary herb, Lemon Basil produces both leaves and seeds, and thus it should be encouraged to flower for seed harvest. The seeds have a strong lemon scent and can be steeped in water to produce a lemon tonic. As a plant, it has a reputation for needing care and attention, but it is well worth the effort.

Originating in warm tropical regions, Lemon Basil is a cross between O. americanum and O. basilicum, and grows from South East Asia to North East Africa. It thus thrives in a hot, sunny position, and does not do well outdoors in cool Summers. Use this aromatic herb with fish or chicken and it will add a lemony zing to salad dressings.

Ideally grown in pots or containers. Height: 30cm-45cm.

Herb Usage

Lemon Basil produces extremely aromatic leaves for flavouring curries, stuffings and salads, and the leaves can be used as a tonic to lower fever. Strong lemon-basil flavour. Leaves can be used with fish and chicken and in herb butters. It can also make a refreshing drink.

Buy Lime Basil Online

Our potted Lemon Basil herb plants are generally available to buy online between May and September.

Ocimum x africanum (Lemon Basil) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Very well drained soil
Flower Colour Cream
Height 30cm
Spread 45cm
Latin Name Ocimum x africanum
Hardiness RHS rating H1c - Heated Greenhouse
Culinary Mediterranean
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features None
Type of Garden Container/Patio