Basil – Amethyst Improved
Ocimum basilicum 'Amethyst Imp.'

Zone: Not hardy; grow as an annual
Height: 16"-20"

General:Well-branched mound of large, purple-black aromatic leaves with a sweet, spicy flavor. It would make an attractive addition to Caprese salad. Basil prefers a moist, well-drained soil in plenty of bright sunlight. Pinch to promote fullness.

Culinary Uses: You can use this basil in the same way you can use regular Genovese but its purple color lends itself to colorful pesto and imaginative combinations with pasta.

Medicinal Uses: Aids in digestions and is a mild sedative. Basil contains 6 different compounds that reduce blood pressure and ease the symptoms of emphysema and bronchitis. Also an effective bug repellent!

Ornamental Uses: Large leaves that are down turned at the edges with color ranging from dark burgundy to almost black. Basil is fragile so five support from seedling stage onward and pinch tops off stems when it gets to 6" and beyond to promote a bushy form.

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