Basil Cultivars

 

Amethyst Improved Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Christmas Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Cinnamon Basil © Karen Jackson 2013 Cinnamon Basil Flowers ©www.tradewindsfruit.com
Fig. 1
Amethyst Improved Basil Ocimum basilicum var. purpurescens

Fig. 2

Christmas Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 3

Cinnamon Basil

O. basilicum ‘Cinnamon'

Fig. 4

Cinnamon Basil Flowers

O. basilicum

Fig. 1 Named varieties include 'Purple Ruffles' and 'Dark Opal.'

Traditionally sold as a flowering bedding plant having light purple flowers and dark purple foliage,

it can also be used as the other edible basils. 

Clove Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Dark Opal Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Lemon Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Lettuce Leaf Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com

Fig. 5

Clove Basil

O. basilicum

A clove and mint flavour.

Fig. 6

Dark Opal Basil

O. basilicum var. purpurescens

A named variety with dark purple foliage, producing light purple flowers. Use as you would the other edible Basils.

Fig. 7

Lemon Basil

O. x citriodorum

‘Lesbos’ is seedless, propagated by cuttings only. Bright green leaves and a strong lemon flavor. It is used in Laos, Thai, Indonesian, Persian and Arabic cuisine. Useful for potpourris.

Fig. 8

Lettuce Leaf Basil

O. basilicum var. lactucafolium

Crinkly leaves to about 3" wide. Of Italian origin called 'monstrous leaved'.

 

 

Licorice Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Lime Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Mammoth Sweet Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Napoletano Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com

Fig. 9

Licorice Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 10

Lime Basil

O. americanum

Fig. 11

Mammoth Sweet Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 12

Napoletano Basil

O. basilicum

 

 

New Guinea Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Purple Delight Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Purple Ruffles Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Purple Basil © Karen Jackson 2013

Fig. 13

New Guinea Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 14

Purple Delight Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 15

Purple Ruffles Basil

O. basilicum var.

purpurescens

A named variety with dark purple foliage and producing light purple flowers, use as other edible Basils.

Fig. 16

Purple-leaved Basil

O. basilicum var. purpurescens

 

 

Red Rubin Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Spice Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com Spicy Globe Basil © Karen Jackson 2013 Sweet Basil © Karen Jackson 2013

Fig. 17

Red Rubin Basil

O. basilicum var.purpurescens

Fig. 18

Spice Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 19

Spice Basil

O. basilicum

Fig. 20

Sweet Basil

O. basilicum

This is Common Basil with wrinkled leaves, white flowers and growing to about 2' (60cm).

 

 

Thai Basil ©www.tradewindsfruit.com

Fig. 21

Thai Basil

O. basilicum




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Photographs

Fig. 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,21 Basil Cultivars. N.d. Trade Winds Fruit Exotic Seed Catalogue, California. tradewindsfruit.com. Web. 4 Jan 2014.
Fig. 3,16,19,20 Jackson, Karen. Basil Series. 2013. JPG File. www.growables.org.

Published Apr. 2014. Last update 8 May. 2014 KJ

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