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Ocimum basilicum purpurescens (Purple Basil) Herb Seeds

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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

Growing conditions:
Very well drained soil, minimum 15degrees.
Flower Colour:
Height x Spread:
15cm x 70cm (condition dependant)
Latin Name:
Ocimum basilicum purpurescens

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