Basil, Dark Opal (Ocimum Basilicum Dark Opal) - 250 Seeds

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Basil - Sweet Dark Opal (Ocimum Basilicum Dark Opal) - 250 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 4-9

Start these Sweet Basil seeds for both colors as well as flavor. This Basil herb variety is called Dark Opal. The leaves have a clove-like spiciness flavor which is a little too strong for pesto but great for almost any basil dish, and it's especially good for vinegar and oils. This old time favorite Dark Opal Sweet Basil herb has been delighting gardeners and foodies alike for decades now. Lots of people grow it for its decorative qualities, but it is a culinary wonder. Use its large glossy, purple leaves with large sliced tomatoes for fun contrast and a perfect flavor match that has been used since the turn of the last century! Dark Opal Basil grows best in full sun, but make sure it is fully protected from wind and the elements

Medicinal Properties:
Basil leaves are of value medicinally to treat indigestion and nausea, and a poultice has proven to be of benefit to some for acne. Basil has also been used for headaches including migraines, to promote lactation, and as an appetite stimulant and carminative. In Chinese medicine, it is used for inflammation of the eyes as a wash. Essential oil of basil is used in baths or compresses as a nerve tonic for excess mental activity

Planting Instructions:
Grow in a rich, well-drained, soil in full sun. Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushier plants and to delay flowering. Start Basil seeds indoors near a sunny window 6 weeks before transplanting to the garden after danger of last frost. Or, sow Sweet Basil herb seeds in the garden in full sun when frost danger is over and the ground is warm. Make shallow furrows and cover the herb seeds 1/4 inch with loose soil. Keep seed moist until germination.

Season: Annual
Light Required: Full sun
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Well drained
Seed Depth: ¼ inch
Seeds per Plant: 1 seed per inch
Plant Spacing: Thin seedlings to 6 inches apart
Row Spacing: 18 inches apart

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