Give your meals a splash of flavor with delicious Basil herbs. This collection contains Dark Opal Basil, Italian Large Leaf, and Thai Basil. Each variety has it's own unique flavor and can be used to flavor different foods.
- Season: Annual
- Plant Type: Basil Herb
- Uses: Culinary
- Height: 12 - 20 inches tall
- Width: 12 - 18 inch spread
- Harvest: Leaves are harvested for flavor
Each packet displays a beautiful illustration on the front side, as well as detail rich sowing information and instructions on the reverse side. The packets measure 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall.
Dark Opal Basil
Dark Opal Basil is an attractive, flowering herb that looks great and tastes great as well. The flowers are lilac to burgundy colored, and sit atop deep red leaves. The plants themselves form a bushy growth habit, ranging in height from 12 to 18 inches tall. The flowers will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, and can also be used in insectaries and butterfly gardens as well. The flowers can be snipped and added to drinks, desserts and salads to spruce things up.
Dark Opal Basil is categorized as an annual flowering herb. Annuals such as this, will grow within a single growing season, producing leaves, flowers and seeds by the end of the Autumn season. If the seeds are collected from the plants, when the blooms wither and die, you can regrow a fresh supply of Dark Opal Basil the following year. These plants are often established directly in the garden, or in pots and containers as well. You may even consider throwing them into a window box.
Italian Large Leaf Basil
Italian Large Leaf is a delicious variety of Basil, which produces large, green leaves. The leaves are about the size of your palm, and are loaded with flavor and fragrance as well. The plants of Italian Large Leaf Basil will grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 24 inches tall, and can spread 12 to 15 inches wide. The short, bushy like growth habit makes Italian Large Leaf Basil a perfect selection to accompany many vegetable plants, directly in the garden. It is also popularly planted in larger pots and containers, for harvesting later on as well.
Italian Large Leaf Basil, like most Basil, is an annual herb. Annuals such as this will grow quickly, producing leaves, flowers and seeds, all within a single growing season. If and when the herb plants bolt, (go to seed) you can begin collecting fresh Basil seeds to regrow the following year. Italian Large Leaf Basil is ready for harvest in roughly 75 to 80 days.
Thai Basil is both attractive and extremely fragrant, offering a sweet, Anise-like scent. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 18 inches tall, displaying dark green to red leaves. The flowers sprout atop it's foliage, and are deep burgundy in color. The plants are great when planted directly outdoors, in the garden, raised beds or even in pots and containers as well. Thai Basil will also thrive in window boxes, allowing you to open up a window and snip a couple of fresh Basil leaves.
Thai Basil is categorized as an annual flowering herb, meaning the plants will establish quickly from freshly harvested Ocimum basilicum seeds. The plants will produce stems, leaves and flowers, all within a single growing season, and can be harvested in a mater of 80 days. If fresh seeds are collected from your Thai Basil plants, new plants can be established the following growing season.
Thai basil is mainly grown for it's use in culinary dishes and Thai cuisine. It also serves as a beautiful ornamental plant that attracts many beneficial insects to the garden as well. Insects such as bumblebees, honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies will be attracted to Thai Basil.