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Staff Favorite:

"Yum! Yes, Basil 'Pesto Perpetuo' has small leaves, but they pack a lot of flavor. Plus with its lovely variegated foliage, 'Pesto Perpetuo' does double duty as a show stopper next to flowers in my container gardens."

— Ann

Ocimum basilicum 'Pesto Perpetua'

  • 'Pesto Perpetua' Basil is an herb in the One Earth Edibles line.

Put an end to the boring herb garden by including this stunning foliage accent of light green leaves whose margins have been dipped in cream. 'Pesto' is included in the name to remind you of its usefulness as well!
No garden or kitchen would be complete without basil due to its usefulness in seasoning tomato dishes, soups, salads, cheeses, eggs and meat dishes. Basil stars in many cuisines around the world, and in India is considered to be a holy plant. As a medicine, it has a slightly cooling nature and is beneficial to calm the stomach and lift the spirits.

Interesting Notes:

The beautiful varigated foliage adds light to the garden.It is a wonderful plant for container combinations.
Protect from frost. Prefers rich, moist and warm soil and appreciates a bit of compost or fertilizer. Pinch back to keep the plant bushy and full.

Height: 30-36 Inches

Spread: 15-20 Inches

USDA Zone: Annual

Color: Bi-Color


  • Border or Bed
  • Combination
  • Specimen
  • Cut Flower
  • Culinary
  • Great Foliage
  • Container
  • Fragrant

Combo Usage:

  • Filler (main structural)

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun
  • Partial Sun

Fertilizer Levels:

  • Average Feed

Foliage Color:

  • Variegated

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer(Flowering)

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer(Foliage)

Soil Moisture Preference:

  • Average-Slightly Moist

Soil pH Requirements:

  • Medium, 5.7-6.2

Vigor Rating:

  • Plays with others