Image of a Perennial Basil plant in a 1.5 litre pot, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ.  The plant has mid-sized green oval  pointed leaves.

Perennial Basil Plants


Regular price $9.50
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

Perennial Basil is an aromatic, bushy herb that keeps growing in autumn when Sweet Basil isn't available.  With its gorgeous purple flowers, it makes a wonderful border plant and is a great option for patio pots. 

Our Perennial Basil plants are well established bushes in 1.5 litre pots.  Perfect for filling a gap in your herb garden!

What is Perennial Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)?  

Perennial Basil is not just a one-season wonder.  In areas with mild winters, this leafy green herb will give you a fresh supply of aromatic of flavourful leaves most of the year round. We love it because it is great in the kitchen and beneficial in the garden.  It attracts pollinating bees, and deters many pests with its clove-like smell.  This plant will grow 30 - 50 cm tall, or slightly larger in optimal conditions.  

Culinary Uses For Perennial Basil 

The taste of Perennial Basil is reminiscent of Basil, but stronger.  It is best used in cooked dishes - robust Italian sauces, soups, stews or roast stuffing. With its strong flavour, this herb also suits Thai recipes that call for Holy Basil or Thai Basil.   

Growing Conditions - Perennial Basil

Perennial Basil plants love sunny-partly shady spots, provided they are sheltered from wind and frost.  (Plant it in a pot and bring it in for the winter if you live an area with colder winters.) This herb thrives in rich, free draining soil with added compost.   Water regularly - Perennial Basil likes moist soil!

Pinch of the tips of young plants to encourage them to bush out, and deadhead spent flowers so that the riot of purple colour continues throughout summer.  Prune your plant two thirds in autumn and spring to prevent stems from becoming woody.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


    You may also like