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One of my favourite edible container plants which looks and tastes good for a good six month stretch.

Genus Ocimum
Variety African Blue
Type Tender Perennial (grown as a Half-Hardy Annual)
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 75cm (30in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Flowering April - October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Basil 'African Blue' reviews

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Hannah

Plants arrived in good condition and grew on fantastically (noticeably better quality than another supplier). Definitely my favourite plant in the garden this summer & the bees have still been enjoying the last flowers into November. Hoping I can get them to over-winter for next year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Helen

Lovely grew brilliantly and last for ages

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Reviewed 16th November 2018 by Cherry

These were stunning as a border plant but also had excellent culinary use from these aswell. I had so much pesto!

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Carol

One of my favourite plants. The bees absolutely love them.

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Jackie

two of the plants died almost immediately but the others have thrived and grown into very healthy large plants

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Reviewed 20th October 2018 by Charlotte

Although the plants looked good when they arrived none of hem grew in spite of careful planting

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Basil and have refunded you for the plants."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Jacqui

The plants have been amazing, I have been able to take cuttings and have planted several around the garden and given several healthy plants away and still have more than enough basil to use. The service from your company was excellant as usual.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Hilary

Two plants from first delivery dead, prompt replacements, nice specimens but wouldn't particularly buy them again.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Sandy

Only two plants survived despite the hot summer and they are not huge. Lovely flowers and foliage though.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Basil and have left you a credit for them to use against your next order."

Posted 7th November 2018

Truly Brilliant

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Reviewed 18th February 2018 by lucy

I have had these in 4 pots on my terrace over the last 2 summers. They go on forever and need nothing but a little water. Incredible flowers and scent and attract so many bees. They have been a real centrepiece of my summer and I shall be ordering them for this year. Thoroughly recommended

Wonderful basil !

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Reviewed 13th February 2017 by C Jill McCleland-Hope

I grew this for the first time last summer in a large pot on my patio, and it was amazing,it was still flowering in October. I loved the colour and the fact that it needed so little care - just some water when needed. It was full of bees and hover flies for most of the time. Everyone who visited me loved it. Like the previous reviewer I shall grow it every year now.

Fab plant

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Reviewed 30th September 2016 by Alison

I love this basil, it has done amazingly well in my garden and is still going strong. It has a gorgeous colour and grows into sturdy plants which have so far survived weather in the Penines. I've used it for culinary use and for cut flower arrangements where it looks amazing and lasts well. It's definately one of my favourite plants which I will continue to grow each year. Brilliant!

Died on me!

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Reviewed 7th May 2016 by Alex

When these arrived they were very dry so I potted up straight away and gave them a good watering. They seemed to revive but over the following days have slowly wilted and died. I'm not sure where I went wrong. Shame because I was looking forward to growing these.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that the Basil arrived in a poor condition, it sounds like the box might have been stuck in the post slightly longer than expected. Please do let our customer service team know and we can either replace them or arrange for a full refund to be issued to you. If you would like further advice about growing basil please contact our horticultural adviser at plantadvice@sarahraven.com


Posted 22nd June 2016