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PlantFiles: 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)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lokidog 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 mystic 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.


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

Pukalani, Hawaii
Logan, Utah

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