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Purple basil

Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal'

Purple basil is an aromatic sweet basil, grown mostly for its culinary uses as well its insect deterring properties. The dark coloured foliage and pink flowers make it an attractive addition to the herb, vegetable and fruit garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick leaves and flowers all through the growing season as needed. Make pesto, dry or freeze for later use.

Propagation

Seed
Sow in situ in early summer or into trays at when above 13 degrees Celcius.
Cuttings
Make 10-15cm cuttings and remove leaves from the bottom halve. Root in moist soil and keep wet or place in a glass of water until roots start to grow.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Good insect repellent, especially aphids, flies, whitefly, mosquitoes and scale insects.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies
Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors in a sunny position
Pot plant
Often grown in containers, ensure potting mix is light and drains well.
Crop rotation
Grow basil in last rotation before legumes.

Geography

Origin
Asia, Turkey
Natural climate
Medditerranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Culinary
Use as sweet basil with the added benefit of the purple color in salads, sandwiches or pestos.
Medicinal
Prevent a headache, sooth an ear infection or reduce blood sugar with basil!

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Strong

Problems

Slugs and snails may eat the leaves and the stems of seedlings. Once plants are larger it is less problematic. Deter with eggshells crushed around the plant or catch with beer traps. Chickens and birds love the purple basil too!

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