Herbs >> Annual HerbsAnnual plants complete their life cycle in one year. Some plants that are perennial in their native lands are treated as if they were annuals in regions too cold for them to complete their life cycle.
An annual, widely known and cultivated for its highly aromatic leaves which are used as a spice. Cinnamon Basil is unique among basils as it leaves contain noticable amounts of cinnamate, the same compound which gives cinnamon its distinctive smell. Pick the leaves and use fresh or dried in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables and soups. You can also use basil in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
Description: Bushy plant growing to about 1-3ft, by 12-18" wide. The leaves of Cinnamon Basil are similar to many types of mint, rather than the characteristic leafy types seen in common basil. Stems are purple in color, with reddish veined leaves, and late in season the plant bears small lavender-white flower heads.
Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushier plants and to delay flowering. Annual.