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Unknown Basil [2]      

Three new sweet basil plants purchased from Lowe’s when they were 3-4 inches tall. What cultivar is this? The tag insists it’s just your standard “sweet basil”, but looking at seed packages and doing some research, the leaves look very different. As in the picture, the leaves are always oval shaped and rounded convex.

This planting is in the Front Yard 2009 garden .


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Quantity: 1

Plant Basil Ocimum basilicum 8086


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Folia Helper

United States7

Interesting. I am pretty new to the veggie/herb game, and I thought sweet basil was sweet basil. Mine is the same as yours, and said the same thing on the package. I have 5 different kinds of basil, and only one of them is called sweet basil. Well, I guess I will have to check this out more thouroughly!

Posted on 15 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)

I was at the garden store (again) today and caught a glimpse of a seed pack for “Genovese” Sweet Basil, and it looked like this! Doing internet searches for sweet basil brings me a lot of images of basil with leaves that are more pointed at the ends, have a different texture, and are not as stiff or rounded looking as my plants. Searching for Genovese basil (also called Italian sweet basil, it seems?) gives a mixture of plants like mine and those like I described. Seems like the rest of the world is confused, too! I’ll poke around more during my next garden shop trip.

Posted on 15 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States7

Please do! I am interested in what you find out!

Posted on 15 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)

Alright, I think I’m giving up the search! I’m finding too much conflicting information depending on which seed sites I visit.

Burpee “Organic Sweet Basil” – doesn’t look like my plant

Burpee “Basil, Sweet” – does look like my plant

Burpee “Basil Plenty” – really looks like my plant

So, I don’t know! Either way, it tastes good, so I guess I’ll just have to focus my curiosity elsewhere :)

Posted on 19 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)

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