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  Ocimum basilicum 'Amethyst'
  Family Name : Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  Common Names : Amethyst Basil

Amethyst Basil
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Maximum Height :
      0.4 m to 0.5 m
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Annual herb up to 0.5 m tall.
      Foliage: Young leaves are mostly a glossy, dark purple, while older leaves are purplish  near the base and yellowish green around the leaf margin with dark purple veins. The edges of the leaves are toothed and bend downwards, forming umbrella-shaped leaves that look like Sweet Basil.
      Stems: Stems are dark purple and tend to lean compared to other basil cultivars which are usually erect.
      Flowers: Flowers have a light purple upper lobe, a white lower lobe and dark purple centre. The stamens are purplish with small, yellow anthers.
      Fruits: Dry, indehiscent fruits are known as nutlets and look like small seeds.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves)
      Food (Herb & Spice: The leaves have a sweet flavour similar to Genovese Basil. They are best used fresh in salads or sandwiches. Although they can be cooked to make sauces, the dark colour of the sauce may be unappetizing to some. )
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscaping :
      The dark purple, glossy leaves are attractive and add a striking contrast in colour.
      Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Indehiscent Dry Fruit (Nut / Nutlet)
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Few (1-5)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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