Basil Seeds - Diane's Flower Seeds
Basil 'Cinnamon'
(Ocimum basilicum)

140 seeds   $2.25          
Cinnamon basil has a sweet and spicy flavor. It's good for any recipe that calls for basil, but especially desserts. The attractive plants have dark green leaves, purple stems, and pink flowers that attract beneficial insects.

Basil 'Cinnamon' makes a great container plant. You can rub the leaves and enjoy the fragrance every time you walk by.

height 24"

Basil Cinnamon
Basil Seeds

Basil is an annual culinary herb. It comes in many different varieties with distinctive flavors. Easy to grow from seed.

Sowing Basil Seeds

Start basil seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost date, 1/8" deep. Transplant outdoors 2 weeks after the last frost date. Full sun. Spacing 10".

Basil Dark Opal
Basil 'Dark Opal'
(Ocimum basilicum purpurascens)

120 seeds   $2.25                
Dark Opal basil is one of the most beautiful of all herbs. It has dark purple leaves due to its high anthocyanin content, which gives it extra nutritional value. The flavor is rich and strong. Recommended for cooking and especially for making herb vinegar.

Basil 'Dark Opal' has a wonderful fragrance. I love to rub and sniff the leaves. It's one of my favorite plants for adding foliage color to container gardens.

Basil 'Dark Opal' is an heirloom herb developed at the University of Connecticut in the 1950's. It won the All-America Selections award in 1962. Also known as Basil 'Purpurascens' or 'Dark Purple Opal'. Seed-grown plants are variable with some plants having mottled or bronze-green leaves. Certified organic seed.

height 16"

Basil Genovese
Basil 'Genovese'
(Ocimum basilicum)

300 seeds   $2.25                    
Genovese basil has a hearty, classic flavor. It is the best basil for pesto and flavorful Italian dishes. Also known as Basil 'Sweet Genovese'.

Basil 'Genovese' is a good companion plant for tomatoes. It is supposed to repel pests, and the flowers attract beneficial insects.

Harvest Genovese basil leaves throughout the summer. Cutting the stems will encourage new growth and a bushier plant. Before the first fall frost, harvest all the leaves to make pesto. Freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer the blocks to a plastic ziploc bag. They can be removed from the freezer as needed to bring back a taste of summer to your cooking. Certified organic seed.

height 24"

Basil Holy
Basil 'Holy'
(Ocimum sanctum)

200 seeds   $2.25                
Holy Basil is commonly used in Thai cuisine and teas. It has a sweet and spicy anise flavor.

Holy Basil makes a good companion plant for tomatoes and other vegetables. The small flowers attract beneficial insects.

Holy Basil is a sacred herb in Hindu religious ceremonies. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for digestion and immune system support. It is a good potpourri herb. Also known as Sacred Basil or Tulsi.

height 16"

Basil Lime
Basil 'Lime'
(Ocimum basilicum)

150 seeds   $2.25                
Lime basil is a delicious variety with a sweet, citrus-lime flavor. It has bright green leaves and small white flowers that attract beneficial insects.

Basil 'Lime' originally comes from Thailand. It is perfect for desserts, sauces and salad dressings. The delicate flavor can be damaged by heating, so use it raw or added to dishes at the end of the cooking time.

height 20"

Basil 'Siam Queen'
Basil 'Purple Ruffles'
(Ocimum basilicum purpurascens)

100 seeds   $2.25               
Purple Ruffles basil has large, ruffled, purple leaves. The delicious, mild flavor has hints of cinnamon and licorice. It's good for making herbal vinegars.

Basil 'Purple Ruffles' was an All-America Selections winner in 1987. It's a cross between Green Ruffles and Dark Opal. The beautiful plants look terrific in the garden or containers.

height 20"

Basil Sweet Dani
Basil 'Siam Queen'
(Ocimum basilicum)

100 seeds   $2.25      
Siam Queen basil has an intense licorice-clove flavor that holds up well in the heat of cooking. It's an excellent choice for Thai, Indian and Italian recipes.

Basil 'Siam Queen' was an All-America Selections winner in 1997. It's a tall, bushy variety with large green leaves and dark purple flowers that are highly ornamental in the garden or in containers.

height 24"

Basil Purple Ruffles
Basil 'Sweet Dani'
(Ocimum basilicum citriodorum)

120 seeds   $2.25          
Sweet Dani lemon basil has narrow, light green leaves with a good, strong flavor. Try it in fish dishes, herbal vinegars, fruity desserts and teas. Sweet Dani is the best lemon basil I've ever tried.

Basil 'Sweet Dani' was an All-America Selections winner in 1998. It's a tall, vigorous variety that is very productive.

height 26"

Heirloom Herb Seeds

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