Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens 'Purple Ruffles'
purple basil 'Purple Ruffles'
'Purple Ruffles' is an aromatic annual or biennial with deep purple, fringed and frilly, deeply-textured leaves and small, tubular white or pink-tinged flowers, 1cm in length, in spikes in late summer
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height1–2 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Summer||Pink White||Black Purple|
- Full sun
South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Ocimum can be aromatic annuals, evergreen perennials or shrubs with opposite, linear to broadly-ovate leaves and small tubular white or pinkish flowers in whorls forming a spike
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How to grow
Treat as an annual and grow in a light, well-drained, fertile soil in a sheltered position in full sun. Best grown in a container. May be grown as a short-lived sub-shrub if over-wintered under glass. Water freely in summer
Propagate by seed sown in gentle heat in early spring or sown in-situ in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Patio and container plants
Pinch out flowerheads as they appear to ensure continued leaf growth. Cut back after flowering
May be affected by powdery mildews
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