Basil 'Dark Opal'
120 seeds $2.25
Basil 'Dark Opal' is one of the most beautiful of all herbs. It has dark purple leaves due to its high anthocyanin content, which gives it extra nutritional value. The flavor is rich and strong. Recommended for cooking and especially for making herb vinegar.
Dark Opal basil has a wonderful fragrance. I love to rub and sniff the leaves. It's one of my favorite plants for adding foliage color to container gardens.
Basil 'Dark Opal' is an heirloom herb developed at the University of Connecticut in the 1950's. It won the All-America Selections award in 1962. Also known as Basil 'Purpurascens' or 'Dark Purple Opal'. Seed-grown plants are variable with some plants having mottled or bronze-green leaves. Certified organic seed.
Sowing Basil 'Dark Opal' Seeds
Start basil seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date, 1/8" deep. Transplant outdoors 2 weeks after the last frost date. Full sun. Spacing 10".