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About Amethyst Improved

Darkest purple basil with thick, turned-down leaves. Compact but with full flavor.

About Basil

Great for tea, pesto, salads, and dressings. Remove flowers for best-tasting leaves, or keep them to feed the bees and butterflies. These annual plants are native to sunny, warm Mediterranean climates and will not withstand frost. Water regularly and provide good drainage. Don’t plant outdoors until late May. Note: It's a good idea to vary the location where you plant basil each year because it's susceptible to fungal diseases that accumulate in soil over time. Rotate your crops!

Pot Size & Price
4-in. pot
$3.50
Height
16"–20"
Sunlight Exposure
Full Sun
Catalog
H024
Plant Traits
Bees
Butterflies
Cold Sensitive
Culinary
Edible Flowers
Interesting Foliage
Medicinal
Organic

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Photo from Rush Creek Growers

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Catalog
H010
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Photo from Park Seed

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Catalog
H011
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Photo from Glacial Ridge Growers

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Catalog
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Photo by Goldlocki from the Wikimedia Commons

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Photo by Forest & Kim Starr from the Wikimedia Commons

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Catalog
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Photo from Green Earth Growers

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Catalog
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Photo from WikiGardener

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Catalog
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Photo from Park Seed

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Catalog
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Friends School Plant Sale photo by Jenn M.

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Catalog
H020
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Photo from Strictly Medicinal Seeds

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Catalog
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Photo from Johnny's Seeds

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Catalog
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Photo from Glacial Ridge Growers

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Catalog
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Photo from High Mowing Organic Seeds

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Catalog
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Photo from Green Earth Growers

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Catalog
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Photo from High Mowing Seeds

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Catalog
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Photo from Evergreen Seeds

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Catalog
H007
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Photo from Rush Creek Growers

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Photo from the Wikimedia Commons by Risacher

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Catalog
H009
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Photo from Green Earth Growers

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Catalog
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