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PlantFiles: Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Aussie Purple'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Aussie Purple

One vendor has this plant for sale.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dmj1218 On Feb 15, 2008, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a new variety for me--I shall update to positive or negative after it has grown awhile. I picked this up in the garden center because of the information on the tag (which follows):
"Unique, rare, and sweet. Perfect for Italian dishes and pesto. Rarely flowers (?--this is the part that got me) like other basils. Tall, slender, columnar growth habit. Most erect basil variety. Can take drier conditions than most basils. Loves summers in the south."

Its a good columnar basil which rarely produces seeds--which makes it really nice in the deep south where basils go to seed if yyou just look at them--but its definitely not a sweet basil. Tastes good for a STRONG tasting basil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Houston, Texas

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