Herbs

Basil, Cinnamon (Ocimum Basilicum Cinnamon) - 250 Seeds

Southern Seed Exchange

$1.85 $3.70

Cinnamon Basil (Ocimum Basilicum Cinnamon) - 250 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•USDA Zones: 4-9

Description:
Cinnamon basil is a rare treat your garden should not be without. A distinctly different variety from the commonly grown species Ocimum basilicum, it is very easy to cultivate, delicious, and useful in the garden. Grow it for that irresistible spicy-sweet scent, those charming red stems and pink blooms, and/or the delectable flavor of the small, deep green leaves. This basil gets its name because it contains the same ingredient as cinnamon: methyl cinnamate. But it also retains its traditional basil flavor, so the result is a spicy-sweet combination that works as well in baked goods as it does in pastas and salads. If you make your own jams, oils, or vinegar, be sure to grow some just for flavoring!

Cinnamon Basil reaches 3 feet high and wide in the garden, but can be kept much smaller for containers and tight spaces. It is quick-growing and distinctive, with a deep red central stem and small, toothy, dark green foliage. Often the red stem color blushes onto the veins of the leaves, too, adding to the ornamental appeal.

Medicinal Uses:
Used to treat many conditions, including H1N1 (swine) flu, diabetes, the common cold, headache, fever, stress, upset stomach, earache and more. It has also been used as a mosquito repellant and topically (on the skin) to treat ringworm.

Growing Instructions:
Sow Basil seeds in the garden after all danger of frost has passed. For areas with short growing seasons, start the herb seeds indoors 4 - 8 weeks before setting out. Grow the Cinnamon Basil plant in a rich, well-drained, soil and in full sun. Pinch the tip from the center shoot of Basil after it has grown for 6 weeks to force side growth and prevent early flowering. If flower stalks develop, simply snip them off.

Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches apart; thin seedlings 6 inches


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