Is African blue basil a perennial?
Likewise, can you eat African blue basil?
African blue basil is not only ornamental, it also attracts honeybees and beneficial insects, and its flowers and leaves are edible. African blue basil is not only ornamental, it also attracts honeybees and beneficial insects, and its flowers and leaves are edible.
Also Know, how do you propagate African blue basil? Cut about ¼ inch below a node and pinch off all the leaves up the stem for 4 to 6 inches. Trim off any flower blossoms as well (save those for sprinkling on your lunch or dinner). Above is a photo of the trimmed cuttings. Next, place the cuttings in a glass vase or jar w/ fresh clean water up to the rim.
Subsequently, one may also ask, how do you care for African blue basil?
Care and Growth You can only propagate African Blue basil via cuttings because it does not form seeds. The sterile, fast-growing plant fares best in sunny areas and when planted during the spring to mid-summer in well-drained loam or sand. Plant it in gardens or in containers that are at least 10 to 12 inches wide.
What does African basil taste like?
The stems are somewhat fuzzy and the plant itself is far bushier than the common garden variety basil. From its East African parent, African Blue basil has a mellow camphor (or clove-like) taste and smell. The flowers of the African Blue basil plant are a deep purple with lilac blooms.