Purple Dark Opal is part of the Ocimum genus and is a Basil variety. Its scientific name is Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Dark Opal'. Leaves appear approximately as a Eggplant and Old mauve colour. This variety is an Herb that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Purple Dark Opal is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial).
Purple Dark Opal Basil is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Purple Dark Opal have been kindly provided by our members.
By our calculations, you should look at sowing Purple Dark Opal about 20 days before your last frost date.
When harvesting, cut the whole stem just above a set of leaves to encourage the plant to bush out.
Unless you are saving seeds, cut flowers off the plant as soon as they appear to prolong harvest time.
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