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Pesto Perpetuo Basil Herb Plant

  • - Spacing: 36 inches
  • - Days to Harvest: 25
  • - Non-flowering for excellent leaf production
  • - Each Quart Pot contains 2 Pesto Perpetuo Basil Herb Plant
Plant Features

Ocimum 'Pesto Perpetuo' is a striking and unique variety of basil that combines culinary excellence with ornamental appeal. This columnar basil stands out with its distinctive creamy white variegated leaves, creating a visually stunning contrast in the garden or container. Growing to an impressive height of 3 to 6 feet and spreading 1 to 3 feet wide, 'Pesto Perpetuo' makes a bold statement in any setting.

One of the most remarkable features of this basil variety is its non-flowering habit, which ensures that the plant's energy is directed entirely towards leaf production. This characteristic not only maintains the plant's attractive appearance throughout the growing season but also provides a continuous harvest of flavorful leaves for culinary use. The leaves offer a delightful blend of traditional basil taste with subtle lemon notes, making it versatile in the kitchen.

Pesto Perpetuo thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, adapting well to both in-ground gardens and containers. It's particularly suited for USDA hardiness zones 9-11, where it can be grown as a perennial, but can be enjoyed as an annual in cooler climates. Regular pinching back encourages bushiness and promotes even more leaf production, ensuring a bountiful supply for pesto, salads, and other culinary creations.

This basil variety is relatively low-maintenance, with its main vulnerability being Japanese beetles. However, its vigorous growth and prolific leaf production often outpace any damage. As a sport of Greek Columnar basil, 'Pesto Perpetuo' carries the desirable traits of its parent plant while adding its own unique flair with its variegated foliage.

Whether you're an avid cook looking for a reliable source of basil leaves, or a gardener seeking an attractive, architectural plant for your landscape, 'Pesto Perpetuo' offers the best of both worlds. Its non-flowering nature, combined with its striking appearance and flavorful leaves, makes it a perpetual source of both visual interest and culinary delight throughout the growing season.

Basil Companion Plants: Peppers, Carrots, Chives

Our Pesto Perpetuo 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 White
Foliage Color 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
Pet Friendly Yes
Plant Type Open-Pollinated