Ocimum basilicum var. minimum ‘Greek’


  • Botanical name: Ocimum basilicum var. minimum 'Greek'
  • Common name: Basil
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Annual, Herb

Basil is a popular, half-hardy to tender herb used in a variety of summer dishes, and works particularly well when eaten with tomatoes. It may also be grown with tomatoes, used as a companion plant to deter whitefly.


Native to dry scrub in Africa and Asia, basil requires a lot of heat to thrive, and can be prone to downy mildew. There are many varieties to choose from, however, some of which have been bred to withstand cooler conditions.

Basil ocimum var minimum ‘Greek’ is a bush variety of basil, with a tight, compact habit. Its leaves are smaller than regular basil varieties, with a pretty, bright green colour and subtle flavour.


Sow seed indoors in a greenhouse or on a warm windowsill, and move plants outside in summer. Water plants sparingly, ideally before noon so the roots have time to dry out before temperatures decrease in the evening. Harvest leaves regularly and remove flowers to concentrate the plant’s energy on leaf production.

How to grow Ocimum 'Greek'

  • Plant size

    30cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

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Ocimum 'Greek' and wildlife

Ocimum 'Greek' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ocimum 'Greek' poisonous?

Ocimum 'Greek' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People