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This basil is pure joy to look at, smell, and eat. The deep purple ruffled leaves add contrast to salads and hors d'oeuvres. The flowers are delicious and very pretty. The bees love them and the plants stand out in the green garden adding visual interest. Basils love the heat and can handle temperatures over 100+ degrees if watered regularly.


To plant, simply sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep in well-drained soil and place in a sunny spot. Keep the soil consistently moist and watch as these beautiful plants begin to sprout within 7-10 days. Once the plants reach about 6 inches tall, you can start harvesting the leaves. To harvest, simply pick the leaves from the plant and use them fresh or dried in a variety of culinary dishes. Purple opal basil is a delicious addition to salads, pasta dishes, and even used to make infused oils and vinegars.


  • Plant Type: Summer Herb
  • Latin Name: Ocimum basilicum 'Purpurascens'
  • Packed For: 2024
  • Days to Maturity: 74
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Growth Habit: Bush
  • Planting Time: Spring
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Hybrid Status: Open-Pollinated
  • Hardy to Zone: Not Hardy
  • Frost Tolerance: Not Frost Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerance: Heat Tolerant 100+
  • Approximate Weight in Grams: 0.13
  • Approximate Seed Count: 250
  • Sun Needs: Full or partial sun
  • Water Needs: Regular watering
  • Planting Instructions: Sow directly, 1/4 inch deep
  • Fullgrown Plant Size: 18 inches tall and wide


Image Credit:

"Bunch of fresh purple Basil on white background. Top view" by wuestenigel is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

"Red Basil - Transplant" by danhurt is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


Purple Opal Basil Seeds

SKU: 3
  • Because we can not ensure that all plant care directions are followed, all purchases are final. 

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