days to maturity: 65 days
plant spacing: 1-3 plants per square foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: basil leaf miner
harvest notes: harvest whole branches 6” down
Cinnamon basil is as hearty as thai basil but with a spicy cinnamon aroma and flavor that is unique and unlike all the other basils. Tall, fast-growing plants have distinctive violet stems, veining, and flower bracts with lavender blooms and 2” long leaves. Like thai basil, cinnamon basil is considered a perennial in our zone and can also be used as a pollinator plant and for cut flower bouquets. “Basil leaf miner” is the most prevalent pest amongst basil plants. It makes a black splotch with a white and brown ring around it in each leaf of the plant. This is caused by a fly landing on your leaf and laying its egg in-between the membranes of the leaf. Unfortunately no amount of spraying of organic pesticides will treat this problem, as the bug is long gone by the time you see the damage. Pluck off and throw away damaged leaves to try and minimize the population of flies in your garden. If it persists consider giving up on basil for the time being.
Image courtesy Urban Farmer.