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beneficial plant in the garden

posted by: habman on 06.19.2007 at 06:05 pm in Harvest Forum

Ocimum basilicum "Magical Michael"
It attracts bees.
It also supposedly repels nasty aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
Sounds like a good friend to have in the garden.

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From parkseeds

Magical Michael is a very floriferous, wonderfully scented mounded plant. We grew it in our trial gardens last summer, and it attracted more bees than other plant we have ever grown, period.

The plant forms a nice, plump mound 12 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 17 inches wide, topped by hundreds (maybe thousands!) of tiny cream-colored flowers (from purple calyces) all summer long. The foliage is so fragrant that to brush against it is to start your mouth watering for Italian food! This is a perfect choice for the vegetable garden as well as the border and bed, because it repels aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.

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clipped on: 06.19.2007 at 09:12 pm    last updated on: 06.19.2007 at 09:13 pm