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African Blue Basil Herb Plant

  • - Spacing: 10 inches
  • - Days to Harvest: 25
  • - Our most colorful basil
  • - Each Quart Pot contains 2 African Blue Basil Herb Plant
Plant Features

African Blue Basil Herb Plants produce purple-veined leaves with a strong, earthy flavor and a warm, sweet camphor scent. The flowers are very decorative. This variety does not need flowers pinched back to continue growing. Basil grows best in full sun locations with moist, well-drained soil.

Basil Companion Plants: Peppers, Carrots, Chives

Our African Blue Basil Herb Plants are grown with a commitment to natural methods, ensuring they're healthy and robust. Guaranteed to arrive alive and thriving!

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Watering Needs Consistently moist, but not waterlogged
Soil Properties Well-drained
Tolerates Sandy soil
Fertilizer Every 3-4 weeks
Growing Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
When to harvest When individual leaves are the desired size
Production Time Multiply Pickings
Habit Upright
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Purple/Green
Attracts Bees, Beneficial Insects, Butterflies
Features Fragrant
Garden Styles Butterfly Garden, Container Garden, Cottage Garden, English Garden, Indoor Garden, Pollinator Garden, Therapeutic Garden
Plant Used for Aesthetic Appeal, Borders and Edging, Edible, Healing and Medicinal, Natural Pest Control
Critter Resistance Deer
Pet Friendly Yes
Plant Type Open-Pollinated

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Top Reviews

African Blue Basil

I'll keep it short and simple...Grow Joy's African Blue Basil is of the best quality, period. The product was not rushed and exhibits the tender love and care worthy of such a herb.

From joseph | June 26, 2023

Amazing Quality

the plants arrived in amazing condition and just super healthy. I could not be happier with my purchase

From anonymous | June 05, 2023

African blue basil

Healthy, packed well.

From Carol | April 27, 2023

The BEST Basil

This basil never disappoints—it’s a healthy, vibrant, happy cultivar that is delicious in pesto, salads, and Thai dishes. It’s a prolific bloomer from spring all the way to December in and attracts hundreds of bees to the garden. No other basil compares!

From Maya | August 04, 2022

Nice Plants

Basil arrived packed nicely and very healthy. Was growing rapidly and transplanted no problems. Already 3 feet high after only a couple months and bees are loving it.

From Sean | June 17, 2022

African Blue Basil

Plants arrived in amazing shape! Very large and healthy! Thanks

From Barbara | June 03, 2022

African Blue Basil

Plant arrived in amazing condition, showing no wear or tear from the traveling ordeal. Given the earliness of the season for this plant it has blooms on it. Been in ground beside last years Large Leaf Basil, and doing well. Side note: I live in Hawaii.

From Mr | April 01, 2022

Healthy Basil

Second year in a row purchasing these plants as mine froze to death last year, 9B. Healthy upon arrival, but a bit dry. Easy to propagate and plan on moving this years plants indoors in the fall.

From KARL | March 26, 2022

European Honey Bees love this plant

The imported European honey bees really love these flowers. Plants did great and were also easy to propagate. Unfortunately mine died when temps dropped to 31-33 so I'll be buying more.

From anonymous | January 06, 2022


great condition,growing with plants & herbs alike ty

From Susan | August 04, 2021

Great African Blue Basil plants!

The plants arrived healthy. The basil is growing well. I plan on growing the basil in planters and in the garden. I will be buying more plants from GrowJoy in the future.

From anonymous | June 30, 2021

African Blue Basil

I order various plants from GrowJoy every year. I love the convenience, but I love the quality of the plants even more. Every plant is delivered as promised. Every plant grows into a healthy and beautiful addition to my garden. I recently planted the African Blue Basil herbs I received from GrowJoy. Bees will soon arrive and cover the large African Blue Basil plants to pollinate throughout the growing season. Please save the bees.

From Traci | May 21, 2021

African Blue Basil

Plants arrived in good condition! Thanks!!

From Charles | May 06, 2021

African Blue Basil

Plants arrived on schedule, packaged so as to prevent damage.

From JOHN | May 02, 2021

African Blue Basil

I'm jn love with these plants. They grow into a beautiful bush and the bees love them. They have become very hard to find but thank goodness GrowJoy has provided me with healthy plants that are delivered in great condition.

From Patricia | April 26, 2021

African Blue Basil

I ordered this plant after my sprinkler line froze. this past winter. My cuttings all died before we knew they were not being watered. These are great pollinator plants that were apparently in short supply this year so I was only able to get one. I would like to get more if it is possible. The one I received was big enough that I could get 3 extra starts from it but still need more.

From Anna | April 11, 2021

Arrived healthy

Arrived healthy but in small pots. Will have to up pot until it warms outside. Satisfied.

From KARL | March 11, 2021

African Basil

I love this plant and so do the bees! These plants always arrive in great shape. Thank you GrowJoy!

From anonymous | February 25, 2021

Great healthy plants

I love African blue basil and like to grow it every year, but it’s hard to find in the nurseries so I was glad to find it here. The plants I received were big, healthy specimens packed with great skill and care. I’ll be ordering more this year.

From anonymous | February 01, 2021

Fascinating and stunning!

I've grown basil plants for many years. This one is absolutely outstanding. I hope to have in my garden every year. Great product and service from GrowJoy! Thanks!!

From anonymous | July 10, 2020

A feast for the eyes

Beautiful color and taste

From Shaina | July 06, 2020

african blue basil is a clear winner

arrived in prime condition...thriving beyond belief! this hard to find plant is the star of the garden!

From PAUL | May 31, 2020

very healthy

The plants arrived very securely packaged and were in great shape. Happy customer!

From anonymous | May 29, 2020

Magnificent pollinator magnet

I love the neat and safe packaging. My two basil plants arrived in excellent health and condition. I transplanted then right away at night without disturbing their roots and being gentle as they had a long trip. It's been less than two months and their growth has left me stunned. Beautiful vigorous growth and a fantastic aroma with these tiny little pink/purple/white flowers that my bees can't get enough of.

From Ronnie | April 14, 2020

Very Happy

My African Basil plants arrived in perfect condition. I was a little worried by the Houston heat, but there was no problem. My plants were in an excellent, creative packaging. They were in perfect upright health. Very Happy!

From Brenda | September 05, 2019

Something Different

I have grown several different types of Basil and this is a new one for me. A nice large plant arrived looking healthy. I will keep it indoors for the winter and/or take cuttings so I have it next year as well.

From Barbara | August 16, 2019

Great African Blue Basil

I received the African Blue Basil plant I ordered very quickly and when it arrived, the plant was in Excellent shape and health. It was packaged in such a way, the plant was protected. The planting instructions were great too. Can't wait to order additional basil plants!

From Michelle | July 08, 2019

Best online source for great plants

This is the second time I have ordered this herb from Grow Joy and each time I have gotten a strong healthy well packaged plant. It was far superior to one I bought from another source and less expensive as well. I have been equally pleased with other plants I have purchased from Grow Joy. . For selection, quality, price and service, I cannot recommend Griw Joy highly enough.

From Carole | May 17, 2019

Excellent service


From anonymous | May 16, 2019


Recently I saw a photo of African blue basil on Instagram I decided to search on Google to see if I could find a mail-order source when I ordered the plant I was a little nervous I hadn't heard of this company but I have to say their service and their plants are very impressive they have definitely found a new customer

From Merrily | April 03, 2019


I could not find this plant anywhere. I'm so happy GrowJoy had it. The plant was packaged perfectly and it looks very healthy.

From Sara | March 25, 2019

Great job

The plants came in great condition and the order was exact. They even changed the delivery date to avoid cold weather. I highly recommend Growjoy.

From Diana | March 22, 2019

Great Herb

Great first experience ordering from GrowJoy. My African Blue Basil arrived quickly, healthy and well-packed. It smells divine! Looking forward to potting and using it in the kitchen. Thank you.

From Ken | March 20, 2019

Healthy and Beautiful

Was extremely pleased at how beautiful and healthy my basil plants arrived.

From Robin | June 23, 2018

Great Packaging

Plant came in great condition. Since it's been planted....Just going to town!

From Judith | June 16, 2018

healthy plants quick servie

I am writing this review after about 2 weeks of receiving the plants. They arrived fresh and happy. They are going strong in the ground too. I recommend GrowJoy without hesitation!

From Masha | May 11, 2018

Healthy, beautiful plants

We received our two African Blue Basil plants last week and the entire process was painless. They arrived well packaged and protected, looking incredibly healthy and with great roots, and have gone into their container. It's been a week and the little plants are flourishing beautifully. We're excited to see them grow large and bushy and make the bees in our hive delighted.

From Wendoline | April 20, 2018

African Blue Basil Plant

Will use GrowJoy again as the service was exceptional!

From MICHAEL | April 21, 2016

Speedy delivery with healthy plants!

Very pleased at how strong and healthy the plants arrived. Arrived sooner than I expected.

From Irene | April 15, 2016

Happy Planter

My order was received alive (very good sized) and very well packed. They have been planted in containers on my balcony and are flourishing. I have been ordering from GrowJoy  for at least four years and have always been pleased with the results. Last year I placed my order a bit late and some of the herbs I wanted were no longer available. I ordered from two other sources and was extremely disappointed in the results. The plants were small and sickly looking and a couple did not survive.

From Virginia V | May 14, 2015

African Blue Basil plant

I am very satisfied with my plant. it arrived healthy and packaged good. I was happy to find this plant online because it is not known in my area. I will order more in the future.

From linda | May 01, 2015

Basil-African Blue Herb

Product arrived healthy in great condition. Love the packaging! Can't wait to see this herb grow!

From Olga | June 06, 2014

Beautiful, healthy African Blue plant

My plant came to me healthy and vigorous! Looks like it will do great this summer, and it is such a beautiful basil.

From Karen | May 16, 2014

Nice African Blue Plant

All the varieties of Basil that I purchased arrived healthy, happy and are thriving. Growing nicely in the garden. All plants are packed professionally and arrived with no damage whatsoever.

From Frances | April 10, 2014

Herb Garden

The plants came in the mail great condition and great price. I did not plant them for about 2 weeks after they arrived due to moving to a new house, but they still looked great last night when I created a little herb garden off our new entertaining porch

From Melanie | August 13, 2013

African Blue Basil

Had not tried this strain of Basil great flavor and aroma. Love the look as well, fits well in our herb gardens.

From steve | July 02, 2013

Basil African Blue Herb plant

This plant looks great in my garden!

From Michele | June 07, 2013

Basil African Blue Herb plant

Looks great! Thanks so much.

From Michele | June 07, 2013

African Blue Basil--Beautiful color

I have a few types of basil in my garden already, but when I saw this plant online, I knew I needed another! The color is beautiful and it smells so great. The plants arrived quickly and were in great shape.

From Kristina | June 05, 2013

African Blue Basil

I was pleased with the excellent care in packaging the plants and the promptness in shipping. My Basil plants are healthy and show no adverse reactions to the shipping process.

From JOHN | May 09, 2013

African Blue Basil

Want to thank you for the service. Basil African herb plants arrived in excellent condition and order arrived on time. Will do business here again. Thanks so much.

From anonymous | April 26, 2013

very good Herb

plants and service were very good and would recommend to anyone

From tom | June 30, 2012

Best Basil Ever+

This is beautiful, smells great, and VERY flavorful! My favorite Basil.

From anonymous | May 16, 2012


The Basil African Blue Herb grows really well in Virginia. Very fragrant and tasty.

From Mary | August 01, 2011

great herbs

another great Basil plant that I ordered. I can't say enough nice things about this website.

From Mary | May 04, 2011