A 1962 All-America Selections Winner! This annual basil plant produces extremely fragrant dark purple leaves. It can be used as a garnish or to make flavored vinegars. This basil drys excellently and is very easy to grow. Gardening in a small space or wanting to use a container? This variety grows great in them!
Quick Tip Planting Guide:
Depth to Plant
Spacing Between Plants
Days to Germinate (Sprout)
No. of Plants per sq. ft.
|0.25 inches deep||
|after last frost||
Up to 3 feet tall
|Up to 3 feet wide||1-2|
What is Dark Opal Purple Basil?
This sweet and very popular variety of basil has gorgeous purple-black glossy foliage and a delicious aroma. It's eye catching and a beautiful, colorful garden plant. This basil produces small to medium sized, tender leaves. It is slow to bolt and grows at a steady pace. The dark purple has a green metallic undertone or sheen and in bright light it can appear flat and open.
Health Benefits of Dark Opal Purple Basil
Dark Opal Purple Basil has a variety of medicinal benefits and has been known to improve digestive functions, treat acne and insect bites, improve nausea, and work as a sedative for muscle spasms and cramps.
Ways to Consume Dark Opal Purple Basil
Like many basil varieties, Dark Opal Purple Basil has a degree of licorice flavor, and it is used in the culinary world as an attractive garnish with good flavor. Use this herb fresh or dried and even frozen. It works wonderfully in salads and on sandwiches. The uses for this herb are endless and everyone should take advantage of this fresh and spicy leaf.
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