Male valley carpenter bee (Xylocopa sonorina) visiting my African blue basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum 'Dark Opal'). Being a hybrid, the plant is sterile. It is, however, one of the few basil varieties that are perennial. I planted this one last year and it survived our mild winter.
I got this #Africanbluebasil because it was highly recommended as a #pollinatorfriendly plant. I was not disappointed. And neither are the bees, wasps, hoverflies, and other pollinators who come to feast on its nectar. This is one of the few #perennial #basil varieties. It is, however, a #sterile #hybrid -- a cross between #camphorbasil and #darkopalbasil. Although unable to produce seeds of their own, they may be propagated via cuttings. 15July2020