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Basil 'Purple Ruffles'   

Ocimum basilicum

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Belonging to the Ocimum genus (Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles'), Purple Ruffles is a variety of Basil. Leaves appear approximately as a   Purple taupe and   Royal purple colour.

The dark purple leaves are used in pesto or as a garnish.1 This attractive basil variety has won multiple awards for its beauty, flavor and ease of cultivation, including the Mississippi Medallion and All-American Selection awards.2

A type of Herb, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Purple Ruffles is known for growing with a forb-like habit to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (that's 1.46 feet in imperial).

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Purple Ruffles Basil is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Purple Ruffles have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Purple Ruffles

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Purple Ruffles likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Purple Ruffles is thought of as half hardy, so it will need protecting in periods of cold weather. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Purple Ruffles are Zone 4 and Zone 10. Planting Purple Ruffles in loamy, sandy and silty soil with a ph of between 5.5 and 7.0 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil to neutral soil.

Growing Purple Ruffles from seed

Aim to sow 0.12 inches (0.3 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Purple Ruffles about 20 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Purple Ruffles

As Purple Ruffles is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Purple Ruffles

Basil Purple Ruffles Etymology

The word basil means “king” in Greek – it is believed to have grown above the spot where St. Constantine and Helen discovered the Holy Cross.

Other Names for Basil 'Purple Ruffles'


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