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Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles'

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

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative uhu On Mar 23, 2010, uhu from Lodi, CA wrote:

Grew them from seed and found that some of them emerged purple but all turned green in a few weeks. Will not seed again.

Positive terra1 On Apr 17, 2006, terra1 from Richmond, TX wrote:

In our warm climate, Purple Ruffles has kept its color well. Of course, seedling offspring not true to parent, and nothing out-of-the-ordinary to look at, but with even stronger cinnamon-anise flavor.

Positive MonkeyArcher On Apr 23, 2004, MonkeyArcher from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

this grew to be a beautiful two foot tall 'bush' that lived for three years in my front yard. Every two weeks we would cut it down to half size, and try to find more people in need of fresh basil. The last year it started looking a bit straggly, and a frost came and killed it for good. But I would definately try this one again.

Positive ChefWil On Dec 30, 2003, ChefWil from Washington, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have found that heat and available nutrients change the plants color here in the N. California foothills. If I grow it in a shade house with ample nutrients and moist soil it will keep it's purple much better

Negative lupinelover On Aug 31, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

My specimens usually revert to plain green soon after planting, especially in cool spring soil. Plants grown from seed have usually not come true, so that rooted cuttings are required to ensure the desired variety.

Neutral mystic On Aug 11, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has dark-purple, crinkled and puckered leaves. Because the genetics of the purple basils are somewhat unstable, what starts out as beautiful deep garnet colored leaves can revert to green. Purple Ruffles is especially this way. Often a plant will have a gorgeous pattern of green and purple variegation for a while, and will then turn all green. The aroma of Purple Ruffles is rich and spicy and a little more anise-like than the flavor of Genova Basil.


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

Leeds, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Lakeside, California
Bartow, Florida
Miami, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Ewing, Kentucky
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Fenton, Missouri
Silver Springs, Nevada
Bayville, New Jersey
Wilmington, North Carolina
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Radford, Virginia

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