Basil Purple Dark Opal – Item #4685


Dark opal basil has striking deep purple leaves with pink blooms appearing in mid to late summer. Grown as much for its decorative appeal as for its culinary value, this intensely aromatic basil variety has hints of cinnamon, anise, mint and clove and is a beautiful accent to salads or other uncooked summer dishes. Plant where you can enjoy the fragrance as you stroll through the garden. It won an All America Selections award in 1962.

SKU: 00000784 Categories: ,

Additional information

Weight .3 g
Dimensions .125 × 3.25 × 4.5 in

Planting & Harvesting

Seed Depth: 1/4″ (6mm)

Plant Space:  18″ (46cm)

Row Space: 24″ (61cm)

Sprouts In: 7-21 days

Plant in a warm sunny location in moist, well-draining amended soil, when outside temperatures are 65 degrees F or warmer (direct seed is recommended). Keep soil consistently moist while germinating, but not wet, as young plants may damp off with too much moisture.

Cut individual leaves as needed. Pinch back flower stalk to improve production and bushier growth. Leaves may be dried or frozen for later use.

Additional Information

Botanical Name: Ocimum basilicum

Matures In: 70 days

Attributes: Heirloom, AAS winner