(Ocimum basilicum) Most likely the same basil Vilmorin referred to in
1885 as “Large Purple Sweet Basil.” Beautiful lilac
flowers with dark red stems. Excellent contrast with
green basil. Spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or
for adding color to basil vinegars. Very uniform, all
purple Italian strain. Annual.
Green Thumb Tip Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and
temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be
started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make
successive sowings for continuous summer supplies.
Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep
plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.