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Basil, African


Attracts Bees and Butterflies


Ideal Pot Plant

Tender Perennial
(3 customer reviews)

Basil, African is a very beautiful plant with aromatic deep green leaves splashed with purple. Striking long flower spikes of bright mauve-pink. Should also be called ‘Bee Basil’ as they...

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25 in stock


3 in stock

Height: 2.5 feet
Aspect: Sun
Soil Type: Free draining
Uses: Culinary and Decorative
Care: Place outside in the summer. Keep warm (15 degrees) and in a light and dry atmosphere in the winter
Usually available: Late April to September
Pot size supplied: Grown in a 10 cm (4 inch) pot
Hardiness: LEVEL 6 - see 'Description' tab below

Product Description

This plant is grown in a 4″ (10cm) pot. It is ready to be placed (weather permitting) into it’s final position. You will receive an instruction label which gives you further cultural instructions.

Note: If the Plant is in season but not in stock it may be available in small quantities. please contact us for stock. Read more on availability here

This plant is LEVEL 6 – Not hardy – requires a heated environment over winter months such as the house

These levels are determined by Norfolk Herbs and are to be used simply as a guide. Our levels go from 1 (fully hardy) to 6 (requires a heated environment over winter).

Additional information

Weight0.5 kg

2 – 3 Foot

Life Cycle

Tender Perennial


Pinks, Mauves, Blues

Ideal for Bee & Butterfly



Not Medicinal

Planting Position

Full Sun

Herbs for Tea


Ideal for Tubs & Containers

Yes but large container

Culinary Herbs

Garnish, Salads, Sauces, Oils and Vinegars, Soups, Vegetables


Savory Spiced

Herb Group




Pot Size

2 Litre potted plant, Large (2 Litre pot), Small (10cm pot)

Width / Spread

2-3 feet

3 reviews for Basil, African

  1. Barbara Price (verified owner)

    If you love to see a plant covered in honey bees and bumble bees as well as many other insects, please grow this. At the last count, 10 minutes ago, there were over 30 in total and I only grew 1 tub full. It has also flowered since the end of June, showing no sign of stopping, still vigorous with no sign of disease and has been an absolute delight.

  2. Bev Lawrence (verified owner)

    Last week I purchased several of these lovely plants online from Norfolk Herbs for my sister as a Birthday Gift, they arrived today and she is absolutely delighted . She has told me that each plant is at least 10 inches tall , smell wonderful and are extremely healthy and covered in flowers,
    Many Thanks for a very quick delivery .This is my first experience of Norfolk Herbs and I’m sure it won’t be the last

  3. Ben Wilkins

    This is gorgeous plant that did well for me in the summer. The basil has a unique taste, which worked well in a variety of dishes. The flowers were also beautiful. Just make to keep in greenhouse as mine died during the autumn months and is not showing any signs of growing back.

    • Olly Clifton-Sprigg

      Hi. Glad you enjoyed the African Basil. Sadly, like all Basils, it is very tender and needs the warmth of the house to get through the winter. If not kept above 12 degrees, it will perish

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