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An interesting type of basil

By Penny Stine

I love growing herbs in the garden. I also like growing them in pots, especially when I can bring them inside in the fall and have them survive in the house during the winter.


I bought this rosemary bush last summer and managed not to kill it when I brought it in the house. I almost killed it by leaving it out one night this spring when it got colder than I thought it was supposed to, but as you can see, it’s doing fine now.

There's also a petunia and an elm tree sprout growing in this pot. 

I hate elm trees. My neighbor has a gigantic one that sends seeds flying all over my yard. I've got elm trees growing everywhere. 


This, believe it or not, is a basil plant. I know, it looks nothing at all like regular basil. It tastes just like Italian basil, though, and it doesn’t seem to go to seed. I think I bought it at Bookcliff Gardens, although I’m not sure. I believe it’s a perennial plant, but isn’t hardy enough to survive winters in western Colorado, which is why I put it in a pot. I’m hoping it will be happy in a sunny window all winter long, too.

Although my I-phone camera does tend to make things wash out in broad daylight, the plant really is that color. 

 

 

 

 

See, this is what it looks like close up. The leaves are light green, with white tips. 

I think it was called “pesto perpetuo,” although the scientific name is ocimum x citriodorum. The scientific name for Italian basil is ocimum basilicum. I have no idea what the difference means, but I do know that I’ve been using both all summer and I can’t tell the difference.  

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