Basil - African Blue is a large shrubby form of basil that grows like a weed. The scent and flavor are more clove scented than Sweet Basil but it can be used for cooking. This plant grows to 4' around and can grow in shady areas or in full sun for best flowering. It is very drought tolerant and the beautiful lavender pink flowers attract all kinds of bees to your garden. This basil is perennial but still sensitive to very cold weather. Easy to grow and never needs flowers pinched off because African Blue basil will not go to seed and die. This is a great landscape plant and indispensable in your herb garden for its color and fragrance.
To grow African Blue Basil, you must take cuttings from an existing plant, there are no seeds for this plant. It must get at least 2-3 hours of sunlight a day. It can be grown with filtered light such as under a tree or in a bright window indoors. If you forget to water it for about a month, and it wilts drastically, water it and it will look as good as new.
Prune occasionally for a more bushy form by cutting off the top about a third.
Cut some African Blue basil for herb bouquets and for garnish at the table.