Basil
Ocimum basilicum 'Ararat'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: basilicum (bass-IL-ee-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Ararat
Additional cultivar information:(aka Ararrat, Aparat, Purple Blush)

Category:

Annuals

Herbs

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Aromatic

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Pukalani, Hawaii

Logan, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 15, 2010, lokidog from Logan, UT wrote:

This is my favorite basil. It's closer to a 'Thai' or Asian basil in flavor - with hints of anise besides the regular basil flavor. It's also beautiful - and grows very tall. It won't take over however as it has a rather open habit. It's also the only red basil (apart from Thai - with much less red), that does well here. In fact it has out-performed all other varieties in the hot day cool night arid climate I have. It has become very popular with my Gardeners' Market customers too. Probably not a pesto candidate, but is especially good for Asian dishes where basil is used.

Neutral

On Jan 9, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has green leaves splotched with purple. The taste is like sweet basil with a hint of anise.