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Amazel Basil Ocimum hybrid

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
36" 24"
20 - 36"
12 - 24"
  • Details


    Can I COME HOME with you?

    What do you call the most amazing basil you’ve ever seen? Amazel, of course. This is truly a game-changing plant—it is the first Italian sweet basil that is resistant to downy mildew, a disease that often plagues basil. And since it’s sterile, this large, vigorous plant produces a higher yield of usable, deliciously aromatic leaves. The more you harvest, the better it grows. It’s time to make the switch from your old basil to Amazel. You’ll never look back!

    Basil is notorious for being quite susceptible to downy mildew. Amazel, however, has excellent resistance to Downy Mildew, which will keep plants growing and producing for home gardeners throughout the entire season. This is an amazing improvement in basil.
    Unlike typical basil, Amazel is seed sterile and therefore continues to produce leaves and shoots even after flower initiation unlike other basil varieties that focus most or all of their energy into seed production. For best flavor and leaf production, harvest and or pinch regularly to promote fresh tender growth.  If heavy flowering happens late in the season that will likely affect taste, but when it is actively growing new leaves and shoots it will have its best flavor.  A small amount of flowering should not affect taste at all.
    Fragrant Foliage
    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    20 - 36 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    12 - 24 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Edible Herb
    Uses Notes: 

    Best grown in the landscape, although a large container can work as well.  Once picked, add lavishly to rice dishes, poultry, fish, potatoes and vegetables, dressings or marinades.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Harvest sprays of leaves by cutting stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to get lush regrowth. One of the most common disease issues in basil is Downy Mildew.  This basil is downy mildew resistant and has little to no seed set. If it does happen to produce a few flowers, pinch them off and it will continue to produce leaves to use in your kitchen.

    Amazel Basil Ocimum hybrid USPPAF, Can PBRAF
  • 2 Reviews

    • This is an excellent basil. It really is resistant to that dreaded black mildew. Before Amazel, I had only a brief window in which to make pesto enough to last all winter. (I freeze it.) With Amazel, I can make pesto all summer long. Problem solved!

      Tony Adams
      United States
      15 min ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • This plant is PERFECT!! Excellent taste- not bitter or too sharp, just rich basil flavor, a bit on the milder side. Extremely full lush plant. Glossy leaves, 2’ tall. Made pesto from it and was delicious. Very productive healthy plant. Tiny disadvantage: has seemed to want to set flowers since we got out of our greenhouse (ie early), but we trim them off. Had some difficulty in our greenhouse with several getting disease and dying quickly. But the plants we did get are spectacular! A 5/5 rating In our trials of this plant at our Univ of IL Master Gradener trial garden !!

      Ann Tice
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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