Dark Purple Opal Basil
Purple Opal's leaves have a sweet, anise-like flavor. The beautiful foliage and lavender flowers of this plant also make a wonderful addition to any garden.
Very uniform, purple Italian strain. A beautiful (sweet) and ornamental variety. Spectacular as a garnish, in salads, or for adding color to basil vinegars.
Contains approx. 35 heirloom seeds.
Tip: Sow seeds outdoors when soil is warm and temperature does not drop below 65°F. Can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Make successive sowings for continuous summer supplies. Pinch back flower stalks as they appear to keep plants from bolting. Prefers rich well-drained soil.
I’m in Florida (10b) and Genovese basil has never worked out for me, but who needs it when I can grow this purple opal instead? Super hardy and pest resistant in our subtropical climate. When my first crop started dragging a little in the dog days of summer, I just brought it in the shade and propagated new plants out of the healthiest branches, and now I have another thriving set of basil plants. Perfect for a kitchen garden - delicious + looks so elegant and eye catching served with tomato and mozzarella! Can’t say enough good things.