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Basil 'Dark Opal'

120 seeds. 60-90 Days. Ocimum basilicum purpurascens. Annual.


Basil 'Dark Opal' has beautiful, dark purple foliage with a deep flavor. The dark color comes from the high anthocyanin levels in the leaves of this attractive basil. This 1950s open-pollinated variety is prized for flavoring vinegar and for its ornamental color for garden borders. 


Height 16 inches.


Sowing Basil Seeds:


Sow basil indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date, 1/8 inch deep. Transplant 2 weeks after the last frost date. Or direct sow outside after there is no chance of frost. Thin to 10 inches apart. Full sun.


Photo courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds

Basil 'Dark Opal'

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