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Basil 'Cinnamon'     

Ocimum basilicum

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Cinnamon is part of the Ocimum genus and is a Basil variety. Its scientific name is Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon'. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Lavender purple and   Purple Heart. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark olive green and   Dartmouth green colour.

Cinnamon Basil contains significant amounts of a chemical called “cinnamate” – this a compound that also found in cinnamon and gives it its distinctive smell. This herb is great for growing for culinary use as the combination of cinnamon and basil flavouring makes it an interesting addition to drinks and other dishes.

Has small to medium sized leaves and produces tiny pretty white and purple flowers in the summer as it matures.

A type of Herb, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Cinnamon is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 60.0 cm (that's 1.95 feet in imperial).

India is believed to be where Cinnamon originates from.

Cinnamon Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Cinnamon have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Cinnamon

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

  • Pinch terminal shoots to encourage branching.
  • Harvest leaves before flowering occurs, or they will be bitter.
  • Soils needs to be kept moist at all times when kept indoors. Doesn’t handle drought at all.
Cinnamon likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Cinnamon is thought of as half hardy, so it will need cloching or fleece protection when the temperature dips. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 4 - 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Cinnamon needs a loamy, sandy and silty soil with a ph of 6.0 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil).

Growing Cinnamon from seed

Cover with finely sieved compost.

Look to ensure a distance 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) between seeds when sowing - bury at a depth of at least 0.12 inches (0.3 cm) deep. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Cinnamon about 20 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Cinnamon

  • Plant out when frost risk has passed.
  • Will tolerate partial sun.
  • For square-foot gardening, plant 4 per square if you plan to harvest continually, or 1 per square if letting the plant grow to maturity
Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Cinnamon is a half hardy plant.

By our calculations, you should look at planting out Cinnamon about 21 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Cinnamon

Pinch off flowers regularly to improve leaf flavour and encourage bushy growth.

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by mid summer.

Basil Cinnamon Etymology

The word basil means “king” in Greek – it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.

Cinnamon folklore & trivia

Jewish folklore says that basil adds strength while fasting.

Misspellings of Basil 'Cinnamon'

Cinamon basil, Cinamin basil

Other Names for Basil 'Cinnamon'

Vietnamese basil, Saigon basil, húng quế

Latest Basil 'Cinnamon' Reviews

  • Grew well from seed, pretty purple flowers, spicy scent and flavor. Used it in a caprese salad instead of regular sweet basil and worked well.

    5 stars

    Bojickwoman about growing Basil Cinnamon
  • Never germinated.

    0 stars

    KathN about growing Basil "Cinnamon"
  • productive and strong flavored. leaves are a bit tougher than regular basil, not so good in salad and sandwiches, but hold up well in stirfry and are wonderful in pesto or in tomato sauce.

    5 stars

    anelson about growing cinamon basil
  • Not really a cinnamon taste but a spicier flavor than sweet basil

    4 stars

    kmf3933 about growing Basil 'Cinnamon'

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