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
Direct Seed: 1/8" Deep
Germination: 5-30 Days
Thin: 4-6" Apart
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.