african blue basil

dclegg_gwMay 16, 2013

I am looking for african blue basil to draw bees to the garden. I have read that seeds do not do good. Have to find a plant. Does anyone know if this is true? It is not easy to find.

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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

Yes, it is very hard to find but well worth the effort! It grows very big and draws a lot of bees and small butterflies to the garden. From what I know this type of basil is steril but from experiance it's very easy to start from cuttings. I have several of them in my garden that I bought at the marion county spring festival. It took me several years of looking after I lost my original plant before I was able to find a replacement. Where do you live? If it's close enough you could have a couple cuttings from my plants.

Kara

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 3:37PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake

I am afraid I can not help you here. Reading up on it, it sounds (and looks) like it would be a wonderful addition to almost any garden. Too bad it's so hard to come by and keep.

While it might not be the above basil, have you looked into Italian Parsley? Being biennial it probably won't help you 'now', but ever since mine started blooming, I have had bees of all sorts visiting that area of my yard and they're hitting everything from the parsley to the bush daisy's to the blanket flower.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 5:06PM
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derbyka

There has been some for sale at the Green Thumb Festival in St. Pete the past couple of years.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 11:31PM
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gardencpa

Kara is right. It doesn't grow from seed as far as I know but does well with cuttings as long as the weather is warm. I usually find some at the spring garden shows because I have only once successfully kept plants alive all winter in pots. It's frankly easier to go buy some. I have three now and would never have a garden without it! The offer is open from me too if you want some cuttings.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 4:34PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Karalynn, I would love some of your basil cuttings. I have at least 200 varieties of seeds I can trade with. What do you need?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 7:16PM
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juneroses Z9a Cntrl Fl

My local Lowe's has ABB available in 3 gallon pots for about $10 It's labelled as "Kasar". I wasn't familiar with this name but it certainly looked like my ABB; google confirmed Kasar = ABB.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 11:35AM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

Zackey, I sent you an e-mail.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 1:12PM
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