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This All America Award winner for 1987 looks remarkably like miniature perilla. Leaves are much darker than regular opal basil and the plant is larger, 18 to 24 inches. The flower stalk of 6" with pink blooms is more dramatic than other basils. Like opal basil, it can be used as both an ornamental and culinary herb. The flavor is good and the color adds drama to garnishes and herbal vinegar.
Germination: 5-10 days
Seed Planting Depth: Lightly cover
Seeding Indoors/Outdoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70 degrees soil temperatures. Transplant 6-12" apart. Sow outdoors in the late spring when the soil warms to 70 degrees. Thin to 4-12" apart, less space apart for baby-sized basil and more for mature plants.
Light Needs: Sun
Soil Needs: Fertile, moist soil
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, attracts bees and beneficials.
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I was so glad see you still offer this variety of basil. I prefer it over other purple varieties and use it to make basil vinegar. Besides smelling and tasting wonderful, the vinegar is a beautiful pink.
This was a success, I would cut to dry and the plants kept on producing. I enjoy mixing dried crushed basil with garlic powder to use on sandwiches, salads and soups.