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    05 / 19 / 2014

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Goes dormant in winter, but drops seeds first & multiplies like crazy


  • kitty Apprentice says:

    I’ve grown purple curly leaf basil for the last couple of years and yes it can be invasive, if you don’t like it, pull it. Makes a WOW statement in the flower garden when teamed with marigolds.

    June 14th, 2014 at 9:55pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    When we consider that perilla is considered an invasive… It seems important to make the distinction.

    May 23rd, 2014 at 10:01pm

  • Witchazel Master Identifier says:

    Wow Stone. Considering they’re both purple leaved plants, both aromatic, both have a history of uses in cooking and both look extremely similar to the average gardener, to call it confusing is only applicable to a kindergartener. You got proper credit for correctly identifying it and now it’s time you got over yourself and found another thread to troll….

    May 23rd, 2014 at 9:04pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    There actually is a purple basil. (ocimum basilicum purpurascens) referring to purr-illa as purple basil confuses people. Completely different plants with different uses….

    May 23rd, 2014 at 9:06pm

  • sunnysue2009 Master Identifier says:

    It makes a great purple basil vinegar. Cut some branches and sit it in your favorite vinegar and let it soak for a few weeks. Delicious to make salad dressing with and beautiful too.

    May 23rd, 2014 at 7:18pm

  • Witchazel Master Identifier says:

    Purple leafed basil is how the one I planted was labeled as a common name but technically Stone is right, it’s scientific name is Perilla. From the article: “It has numerous common names, among them Ao Shiso, Beefsteak Plant, Ji Soo, Perilla, Purple Perilla, Shiso, Wild basil, Wild Red Basil, Chinese Basil, Purple Mint, Rattlesnake Weed, Summer Coleus and Perilla Mint.” It can be eaten but I would urge the poster to read the article stone provided. It has some potential health risks. I can also say it reseeds like crazy so unless you’re really in love with it, best to pull it before it sets seed.

    May 23rd, 2014 at 9:04am

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Not basil… Compare with perilla frutescens… AKA shiso.

    May 23rd, 2014 at 8:22am

  • Norma Tabor Registered says:

    Can this purple leafed basil be used in cooking

    May 22nd, 2014 at 10:29am

  • Witchazel Master Identifier says:

    Purple leafed Basil. If you crunch the leaves and smell, you’ll see it smells like Basil.

    May 21st, 2014 at 7:24pm

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