Dark Opal Basil

Ocimum basilicum
  • Annual 70cm
  • Culinary herb
  • Attractive dark purple foliage

$2.50$3.50 inc GST

Purple Dark Opal Basil

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Product Description
Planting Guide

Product Description

Aromatic annual growing to 70cm. Very attractive variety with dark purple slightly crinkled leaves. Good for adding extra colour to salads, rice dishes and basil vinegar. Can be grown in containers. Can be used fresh or dried.

Purple basils are unusual and attractive growing in containers in both indoor and outdoor herb gardens. Some purple basil plants, such as Dark Opal purple basil, are intensely aromatic. Plant Dark Opal basil where you can enjoy the fragrance as you enter your yard or along walkways as you stroll through the garden. Pink flowers add to the beauty of the dark purple, almost black leaves of this specimen. Growing a little more slowly than many other basil plants, the blooms of this plant appear in the flowerbed in mid to late summer. Keep flowers pinched back while using the leaves for culinary or medicinal purposes.

Planting Guide

Method: Raise Seedlings
Planting Depth: 2mm
Best Planting Season/s: , ,
Germination: 5 to 10 days at 18-35C
Life Cycle: Annual
Plant Height: 70cm
Row Spacing: 30cm
Position: Full sun / partial shade
Days to maturity/flowering: 80-100 days
Other: Pick regularly to encourage more growth. Keep well-watered. Remove flower buds as soon as they appear for continued leaf growth. Protect from aphids, slugs and snails.