Licorice Basil is a type of Thai basil with a pleasant, sweet licorice flavor. Beautiful as a fragrant and ornamental accent throughout the garden, and delicious in salads, baked goods, and pasta sauce. It’s also pleasant to look at with deep green leaves that sometimes show a burgundy tinge, plum-colored stems, and lavender flower spikes that make a fun garnish for any salad, dish, or drink.
Harvest the leaves and stems from the top part of the plant, and pinch off edible flower buds as they appear, which prevents the leaves from turning bitter, and signals the plant to branch out and grow more leaves, making a bushier plant.
The more you harvest, the more it grows!
- Sweet, pleasant licorice flavor
- Thai basil type
- Edible ornamental
- Good for containers
- Tons of medicinal benefits!
As a medicinal herb, Basil has been used internally to treat anxiety, colds, colic, cough, depression, diarrhea, fever, flatulence, flu, indigestion, insomnia, intestinal parasites and worms, exhaustion, gastric pain, gonorrhea, lactation problems, migraine headache, nausea, stomach cramps, sore throat, and vomiting, and externally to treat acne, insect bites and stings, loss of smell, skin problems, snake bites.
⚠️ Do not use medicinally while pregnant.
⚠️ Medicinal properties are presented as information only, and are not a recommendation or prescription for use. Consult a medical professional before using any herb medicinally.
SEED PLANTING TIPS
- Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum
- Life cycle: Herbaceous annual
- Hardiness zones: 8-10
- Planting season: Spring, summer
- Days to maturity: 60-80 days; can begin harvesting when 6" tall
- Depth to plant seeds: 1/4" deep
- Days to germinate (sprout): 5-10 days
- Germination soil temps: 70F-75F
- Spacing between plants: 12"-18" apart
- Spacing between rows: 18"-24" apart
- # of plants per sq. ft.: Appx. 1 plant per 2 sq. ft.
- Soil types: Sandy, loamy, silty, rich, moist, well-drained
- Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
- Sun needs: Full sun
- Water needs: High - keep soil moist
- Cold stratify: No
- Frost tolerant: No
- Heat tolerant: Yes
- Drought tolerant: No
- Deer resistant: Yes
- Culinary use: Yes
- Medicinal use: Yes
Good companion plants: Anise, Asparagus, Beet, Borage, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chamomile, Chives, Collards, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Eggplant, Fenugreek, Garlic, Jicama, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Leek, Lettuce, Marigold, Mint, Mustard, Onion, Oregano, Parsley, Parsnip, Pepper, Potato, Purslane, Radish, Rutabaga, Salad Burnet, Shiso, Tomato, Turnip, Yarrow
As a companion plant, it attracts hummingbirds, pollinators, and beneficial insects, and repels asparagus beetles, cabbage moths, cabbage white butterfly, cabbage worms, carrot rust fly, flies, maggots, mice, mosquitoes, spider mites, thrips, and tomato hornworms.
This basil variety produces lovely and flavorful green leaves with purple accents. It has a strong, but enjoyable licorice flavor and can grow 24" tall.
Quick Tip Planting Guide:
Depth to Plant
Spacing Between Plants
Days to Germinate (Sprout)
No. of Plants per sq. ft.
|0.25 inches deep||
|after last frost||
Up to 2 feet tall
|Up to 1 feet wide||1|
What is Licorice Basil?
This basil is a type of Thai Basil, also known as anise basil. It has strong licorice and anise flavors, qualities and aromatics. It's known to be slightly "lanky" with pointed green leaves with signature purple flowers. Both the leaves and flowers are edible on this plant.
Health Benefits of Licorice Basil
Licorice Basil can be used for treating the common cold, the flu, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earaches, headaches, upset stomachs, heart disease, fever, and more. It promotes longevity but something you may not know is that its an excellent mosquito repellent!
Ways to Consume Licorice Basil
When Licorice Basil leaves are crushed, they burst with intense basil and licorice aromas. Fragrant and floral, the spicy paste is a condiment for multiple dishes. This basil is best when mixed with other ingredients to tame it's powerful one-dimensional notes.
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