Basil - Dark Opal
Basil Dark Opal has purple bronze foliage. The leaves are spicy and scented, and are ideal for use in salads where they add zing and colour. It can also be used in pasta and rice dishes. This would be a great addition to the flower border or grow in flower pots. A half hard annual, it grows to 30 cm.
Basil thrives in rich, well drained soil, in a warm sheltered position. This variety is ideal for pots. Pick the leaves as required, best used fresh. Pinch out the tip of the main stem to encourage bushy growth or prevent plants from flowering.
Indoors: Sow in March to April, 0.5 cm deep, in separate pots if possible. Plant out in late May, spacing 30cm apart. Outdoors: Sow in drills, in May, with thin to 30 cm spacing. All Year round: Sow in pots on the window sill.