Thai Siam Queen Basil

Ocimum basilicum

 

Growing Zones 4-10
  • Height: 24-40″
  • Width: 12-24″
  • Spacing:  8-10″
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Late Summer
  • Location: Full Sun
  • Water:  Average

 

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Description

An All-America Selections winner for 1997, Siam Queen is more tender and intensely flavored than Sweet Basil. Its highly aromatic, licorice-basil aroma is more stable at high and extended cooking temperatures than other basils. Commonly used in Thai cooking as well as Italian recipes.

Mulch your basil plants to retain moisture after the soil has warmed. Pinch plantsfrequently to encourage bushy growth, and pinch off flower heads regularly so plants put their energy into foliage production. Grow a few basil plants in containers so you can bring them indoors before fall frost. Use like Sweet Basil, cooked or fresh; popular in Italian and Asian cuisines.