- It’s a really pretty plant. Even if you don’t want to eat it.
- It makes a wonderful ornamental
- Very easy to grow from seed
- The flowers are really pretty unlike other basils where the flowers can get spindly
- Has a lovely color. Bright green leaves with purple stems
- The flower stalks are dark burgundy and really contrast with the leaves
- Smells wonderful!!!!
- Tastes great, with a real cinnamon flavor
- The deer don’t eat it, unlike Genovese basil which they seem to like.
- Rabbits and woodchucks don’t eat it either.
- Can be harvested all season long and comes back strongly.
- Does not grow as tall as sweet basil, It’s more compact, does not get leggy if left untended.
- More bushy nature
- Can tolerate some shade and still produce great leaves and flowers
- Will stay producing leaves until killing frost, often tolerates light frost.
- Leaves can be frozen for later use. Just wrap in cling film and freeze
- Can be grown as an indoor pot plant. Needs bright window.
- Great for decks and hanging baskets.
Like all basils cinnamon basil does not refrigerate well. All basils tend to wilt and go brown when refrigerated so use immediately or freeze leaves for later use.
Detailed information about growing cinnamon basil