Herb, Purple Dark Opal Basil

Ocimum basilicum
$2.99 to $12.75
SKU: 0274A
  • Organic
  • Annual plants
  • Plants grow to 12-18 inches
  • Beautiful lilac flowers and dark purple leaves

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(O. basilicum) 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.

Learn to Grow it

Start Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost

Direct Seed: 1" Deep

Germination: 7-14 Days

Light: Full Sun - Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.

Basil can be planted indoors 4-6 weeks before you plan on planting it outside, or directly seeded into your garden. You should only plant the seeds or seedlings outside when temperatures stay above 65 degrees Fahrenheit consistently. If you make successive sowings of basil, you can harvest the leaves all season long. Plant the basil seeds 1/8 of an inch deep in full sun and they should germinate 5-30 days later. If you have directly seeded them you can thin them to 4-6 inches apart as they grow. When flower stalks appear, make sure to pinch them back as the flavor of the leaves will change when the plant flowers.