Purple Dark Opal 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 plants
- Plants grow to 12-18 inches
- Beautiful lilac flowers and dark purple leaves
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
The flavor of basil is best when the leaves are fresh. Cooking or heating the leaves will change the flavor so add the leaves at the last minute to warm dishes.
Basil is one of the main ingredients in pesto, along with olive oil and garlic. You can also steep the leaves of basil in milk or cream and create basil flavored confections like chocolates or ice cream.
Instructions - 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.
- Direct Seed: 1/8" Deep
- Germination: 5-30 Days
- Thin: 4-6" Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Easy to grow and very prolific.
This basil is the easiest and most prolific growing of all the basils I’ve ever grown~ I harvest leaves and pop in a ziploc bag in the freezer all summer then enjoy basil all winter!
Purple & variegated
Grew just as easily as standard green basil, same flavor, but many of my plants popped up as variegated versus deep purple. I'd still grow and buy this again, just thought that was interesting!