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Purple Basil in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens

 

Purple Basil

Basil is an aromatic culinary herb The plant is very tender. It has edible, rounded to oval leaves, and white flower spikes in Summer.Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens has purple, fringed and frilly foliage and white or pink-tinged flowers

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plant Features
  • Purple Basil likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Purple Basil likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Purple Basil is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Purple Basil likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Purple Basil

Latin name

Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens

type

Herb

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.6 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Purple Basil likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Purple Basil is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Purple Basil likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Purple Basil likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Purple Basil is 0.50meters x 0.50meters 0.50 M 0.50 M

Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens

Basil is an aromatic culinary herb The plant is very tender. It has edible, rounded to oval leaves, and white flower spikes in Summer.Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens has purple, fringed and frilly foliage and white or pink-tinged flowers


Flowering Season

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

It is in flower from from mid to late summer, and the seeds ripen in early autumn. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.

 

Planting young plants

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant in light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and it prefers well-drained soil, in a site where the plants will get at least 6 hours of sun a day.. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. Water freely during dry periods.

 

Propagation by Seed

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Fill a seed tray with seed compost,water and allow to drain. Sprinkle seeds over the surface allowing roughly 25mm space between seeds and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put tray in a clear polythene bag and place on a windowsill. When seedlings show remove plastic bag. When the second pair of leaves appear on the seedlings thin out to 50mm spacing by removing the weakest looking plants. After 2 or 3 weeks and when danger of frost has passed plants can then be planted outside into required position.

 
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