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Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens (Purple Basil) Herb Plant

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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.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Purple Basil (Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens)Herb in 9 cm Pot

Less well known than traditional Sweet Basil, this herb, Ocimum basilicum var. 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.

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 Online

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

Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens (Purple Basil) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Very well drained soil
Flower Colour Cream
Height 30cm
Spread 30cm
Latin Name Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens
Hardiness RHS rating H1c - Heated Greenhouse
Culinary Mediterranean
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tisanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features None
Type of Garden Container/Patio