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Dark Opal Basil Seeds (Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal') - 100+ Seeds

Dark Opal Basil Seeds (Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal') - 100+ Seeds

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Dark Opal Basil, a striking cultivar developed in the 1950s at the University of Connecticut, is celebrated for its deep purple, almost black leaves, and its culinary and ornamental value. This variety, awarded the All-American Selection in 1962, features leaves rich in anthocyanins, contributing to their vibrant color and potential health benefits. The plant's foliage is not only a visual standout but also offers a distinctive flavor profile that makes it a favorite in various culinary applications.

With a height of about 18 inches and similar spread, Dark Opal Basil is perfect for adding a splash of color to herb gardens or containers. It thrives in well-drained soil, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Regular watering, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged, and avoiding wetting the leaves are key to preventing fungal diseases. Fertilization every 4-6 weeks with an all-purpose fertilizer promotes healthy growth.

Harvesting can begin once the plant reaches about 6 inches, encouraging a bushier growth and continuous leaf production. This basil is not only a treat for the eyes but also enhances dishes with its unique flavor, making it a versatile addition to the kitchen.

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