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Purple Ruffles Basil

Ocimum basilicum

 

Growing Zones 4-10
  • Height: 12-18″
  • Width: 10-12″
  • Spacing:  6-12″
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Late Summer
  • Location: Full Sun
  • Water:  Average

 

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Description

Purple Ruffles has large and frilly purple ruffled leaves and a fragrance and flavor stronger than Sweet Basil but milder flavor than Green Ruffles. It will add color and flavor to herb vinegars. Start early indoors or outside after danger of frost.

Mulch your basil plants to retain moisture after the soil has warmed. Pinch plantsfrequently to encourage bushy growth, and pinch off flower heads regularly so plants put their energy into foliage production. Grow a few basil plants in containers so you can bring them indoors before fall frost. Use like Sweet Basil, cooked or fresh; popular in Italian and Asian cuisines.