Basil 'Magical Michael'
2002 AAS Vegetable Award Winner

An ornamental, edible sweet basil with a clearly refined plant size and shape, 'Magical Michael' plants are uniform and reliably 15 inches tall and 16-17 inches wide. This uniformity is rare in sweet basil plants. The lush aromatic, green leaves can be harvested within 30 days of transplanting and are rich in essential oils for cooking. Plants may flower when mature in about 80 to 90 days from seed. The small flowers are a curiosity since the calices are purple and corollas white. They are attractive for use as a garnish, adding color to any salad.

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AAS Winner Primary Details
Award: AAS Vegetable Award Winner
Award Type: National Winner
Class: Basil
Variety Name: 'Magical Michael'
Genus: Ocimum
Species: basilicum
Year: 2002
Common Name: Sweet Basil
Type: Vegetables
Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
Close Market Comparison: 'Anise Basil,' 'Genovese,' 'Siam Queen'
Plant Needs
Duration Type: Annual
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm Season
Staking Required: NO
Plant Characteristics
Foliage Color: Dark green
Plant Habit: Bushy, Compact
Plant Height: Medium: 10" to 24"
Garden Spacing: 15-18 inches
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): Leaves can be cut after 50-60 days and inforescences after 80-85 days
Days To Harvest (Transplant): Leaves after 30 days and inforescences after 50 days
Fruit Color (Harvest): green leaves, flowers are small with purple calices and white corollas
Plant Spread: 16-17 inches
Home Gardener Use
Container: YES
Herb: YES

How to Grow

 Seeds germinate fast (4-6 days) and the plant reaches full bloom after 80-90 days.This new type of basil has a round shape with a flat top where most of the compact inforescences develop. Flowers are small with purple calices and white corollas. The aroma is similar to a sweet basil with a slightly distinct aroma. Leaves are dark green.

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