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Basil 'Dark Opal'

Ocimum basillicum | Common Basil, Sweet Basil

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?

Ornamental purple-leaved variety

An essential herb for the kitchen

Great for detering whitefly from tomato crops

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Basil 'Dark Opal' is a purple-bronze leaved basil which is ornamental as well as edible. Looks wonderful in the veg plot combined with hot coloured annuals such as tagetes. Height: 45cm (18”). Spread: 40cm (16”).

Easy to grow, ideal for windowsill growing, and a favourite with cooks and gardeners worldwide. The pungent leaves with a spicy, clove-like aroma, have a wide range of uses not only in the kitchen but when planted near tomatoes basil improves their flavour and helps deter whitefly. Half Hardy Annual.

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Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Height Up to 45cm (18in)
Spread Up to 40cm (16in)

Half-hardy Annual

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3 x 9cm Potted Plants (KC3071)

Grow on in frost free conditions and acclimatise to outside conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12in) apart. Plant into vegetable borders, containers or in the greenhouse/indoors in a sheltered sunny position in well drained, fertile sandy soil. Water moderately taking care to avoid splashing the leaves.
Harvest basil leaves regularly when required to promote fresh new growth and pinch out any flowers that appear to prolong the harvest period. Tear leaves rather than chop, to retain the aroma. Preserve leaves by freezing or steeping in oil. Culinary note: Basil can be dried or frozen for using later on, or added to oils and vinegars for extra flavour.

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