Basil, Purple Ruffles (Ocimum basilicum) - 250 Seeds

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Basil - Purple Ruffles (Ocimum Basilicum Dark Opal) - 250 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-12

A feathery variation of Dark Opal, Purple Ruffles adds another dimension to the landscape, floral arrangements or garnishes. It has the same flavor as Opal and can be used similarly. It is a 16- to 20-inch-tall plant with 2- to 3-inch-long leaves.

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:
Since basil thrives in warm weather, it grows best when the soil has warmed and there is no chance of frost. Gardeners with short growing seasons may want to start their seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date, sowing them thinly in flats and providing heat to speed germination. Transplant 15-18" apart. To direct sow, plant the seeds 1/4" deep in rich soil and full sun, thinning to 15-18" apart when the seedlings develop. Basil also grows well indoors or as a container plant. Basil thrives in soil that drains well, yet needs water often. If the weather drops below 50 degrees, provide protection. As the plant grows, pruning it helps it to develop into a bushy, healthy plant; pruning is also important because once the plant flowers, it will begin to wilt and die. To prune the plant, remove the top several sets of leaves on each stem, taking care to leave at least three sets of leaves on the lower part.

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