Ocimum basilicum purpurascens in front of white background

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Ocimum basilicum purpurascens in front of white background

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is red basil? Also known as Red Rubin basil, red basil (Ocimum basilicum purpurascens) is a compact basil plant with handsome reddish-purple foliage and a delightful aroma. The small pink flowers are an added bonus in mid- to late summer. Want to learn more about growing Red Rubin basil? Read on! How to Grow Red Rubin Basil Plants Red basil plants add beauty and interest to the garden. Plant red basil in containers or tuck a few in a bed along with other annuals. The plant is ornamental and the leaves can be used for cooking or to make flavored vinegars. The flavor is a bit more pungent than other types of basil, so use it sparingly. Red Rubin basil is easy to grow from seed after all danger of frost has passed in spring, or plant seeds indoors six

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