Basil: Dark Opal

Basil: Dark Opal

Ocimum basilicum
Richly colored, intensely flavored--dramatic!

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Dark Opal Basil is a bold basil that is richly purple in hue. It is terrific in an edible landscaping scheme, where its deep color adds a dark edge to any bed--or frames, beautifully, plants with brighter foliage. Its flavor, though not on par with the culinary basils, is still quite good, especially when the young leaves and shoots are harvested earlier in the season.

Quick Facts

Spacing in Row 8 - 12 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 to 24 inches
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Days to Germination 4 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 65 days
Height at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
Width at Maturity 12 inches

How to Grow

Direct sow after frost, or start indoors up to 1 month before last frost date. To have fresh basil the whole season, start in succession at one-month intervals. Pinch off tallest growth in order to keep basil from flowering; flavor becomes too strong once in bloom. Good for garden or container plantings.

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