Loading... Please wait...

Our Newsletter

Subcribe to our newsletter for special offers, tips on growing and caring for your herbs, fabulous herb recipes, upcoming shows and much more!

FREE DELIVERY on all orders over £30 (UK Mainland)

Ocimum basilicum purpurescens (Purple Basil) Herb SEEDS

  • Buy Ocimum basilicum purpurescens 'Purple Basil' | Buy Herb Seeds Online
  • Buy Ocimum basilicum purpurescens 'Purple Basil' | Herb Seeds for Sale
Free Shipping
Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.
  • Enter your email address to be notified
    when this item is back in stock

Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum purpurascens) Herb Seeds

Less well known than traditional Sweet Basil, this herb, Ocimum basilicum purpurascens, has intense purple leaves with a strongly individual aroma - a twist on the original. Still a tender annual that prefers to be kept indoors.  Basil is considered an annual in Britain, but can have its life extended if it is brought indoors when the weather cools. An upright plant with striking foliage, Purple Basil produces extremely attractive and aromatic leaves.As a culinary herb, Basil needs to be cut to ensure continued leaf production, as if left to its own devices, will become woody and produce small white flowers and eventually run to seed pick plants over regularly and remove any developing flower-heads immediately to prevent bolting and to encourage lots of fresh young leaves.

Ideally grown in pots or containers.

Growing Instructions

Sow in pots or module trays to minimise root disturbance.Cover seed with vermiculite.Maintain min 15'C. Germination 14-21 days. Water early in the day.  Sow from February to June, or sow throughout the year inside out of season.

Herb Usage

This Basil can be used as any other Basil but has the advantage of its contrasting colour to add visual interest as a  traditional pesto, or as either as a garnish or to add freshness to pasta, salads and chicken dishes. Originating in warm tropical regions, Basil has become synonymous with the Mediterranean, where the hot sunny climate allows it to thrive. It does not do well outdoors in cool Summers and is best kept in a pot where it can be moved inside if needs be.

Buy Purple Basil Seeds Online

Our Purple Basil herb seeds are generally available to buy online between May and September.


Other Details

Full sun
Soil Type:
Very well drained soil
Flower Colour:
Latin Name:
Ocimum basilicum purpurescens
RHS rating H1c - Heated Greenhouse
Teas and Tissanes
Special Features:
Type of Garden:

Write your own product review

Product Reviews

  1. Purple Basil 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th May 2020

    Ordered Purple Basil seeds, very mean quantity of seeds?! I had just enough to fill a small pot. That is not going to give me much to use! I was planning on sowing at least 4 pots and giving away to friends! Suttons would have given me loads for next season too. Disappointing...
    The quality of the seeds is good, in my propagator they came up within 2 days.

Find Similar Products by Category

You Recently Viewed...