Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst Improved’
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Lamiales||Aromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary|
|Genus||Ocimum||New Latin, from Latin, basil, from Greek ōkimon|
|Species||basilicum||From Latin basilicum, (“royal robe”), substantive of basilicus, (“royal, princely”)|
About plant names...
This cultivar is not found in the wild. It is typically used as an ornamental plant,
because of the unusual color of its leaves.
Identification: This cultivar of basil grows to 15-20" (38-50 cm),
and has shiny, deep purple leaves that are almost black. The leaves are oval in shape, 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long,
with green edges that look almost yellow in contrast to the rest of the leaf. Purple flower stalks have
tiny white stamens.
Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst Improved’ at the Herb Society of America
Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst Improved’ at Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Ocimum basilicum at Sunland Herbs
Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst Improved’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)
Range: Zones 2-11:
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