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Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst Improved’


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusOcimumNew Latin, from Latin, basil, from Greek ōkimon
SpeciesbasilicumFrom Latin basilicum, (“royal robe”), substantive of basilicus, (“royal, princely”)
Cultivar‘Amethyst Improved’

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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.

Online References:

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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Ocimum basilicum (basil)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Range: Zones 2-11:

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