Herb, Lettuce Leaf Basil
- Annual plants
- Plants grow to 18-24 inches tall
- Green leaves are 3-4 inches and crumpled like lettuce
- Sturdy and large plants
(O. basilicum) (aka Large Leaved Italian) Classic basil described in Vilmorin’s The Vegetable Garden (1885). Named for large crumpled and fluted lettuce-like leaves that are 3-4" long. Sturdy 18-24" plants. Annual.
Learn to Grow it
You can sow seeds indoors or directly into the soil in mild areas starting around mid-spring.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.