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Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles'


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Plant type



Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Although it's a culinary herb, 'Purple Ruffles' is particlarly striking to look at. It's ideal as a contrast to other plants when used in bedding, containers or in 'potager' style gardens, that are a mixture of flowers, herbs and vegetables. The leaves are very large, dark, shiny and purple-black. They are also ruffled and fringed, which makes them even more of a talking point. Use it as a herb in cooking, too.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Ocimum

Species: basilicum

Cultivar: Purple Ruffles

Plant type: Herb

Foliage colour: Purple

Feature: Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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