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BASIL SEEDS

Ocimum basilicum

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FLORAL SPIRES LAVENDER Basil Seeds

Lavender-pink flowers on neat compact plants, an impressive, ornamental edible. Spicy leaves, with anise overtones are the type preferred for Thai cooking. A stylish plant for the herb, vegetable or flower garden, 'Floral Spires Lavender' basil is also great in windowsill or patio pots. Plants grow to 18 inches tall.

50 Seeds: $2.49 QTY:
Floral Spires White basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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FLORAL SPIRES WHITE Basil Seeds

Impressive ornamental edible; neat, compact, branching plants covered with bright white flowers. Tasty leaves, with overtones of anise, ideal for Thai cooking. Grow in windowsill or patio pots, or in herb, vegetable or flower gardens. Grows to 18 inches tall.

50 Seeds: $1.99 QTY:
Amethyst Improved basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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AMETHYST IMPROVED Basil Seeds

Flavorful, thick, dark purple, almost black, reflexed leaves on 16-20 inch tall plants. Amethyst Improved is the darkest purple Genovese basil. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.

¼ Gram: $2.49 QTY:
Queenette Thai basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds.
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QUEENETTE Thai Basil Seeds

'Queenette' produces purple flowers on red stems, above olive-green leaves. Among the tastiest, fragrant Thai basils, flavor is spicy blend of anise, clove, and mint. Add zip to soups and curries, or vegetable and beef dishes. Attractive plants for flower garden or patio pots. Grows 12-18 inches tall.

100 Seeds: $1.99 QTY:
Cinnamon basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds.
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CINNAMON Basil Seeds

Cinnamon basil produces attractive rose-pink flowers and small 1-inch leaves which have a distinctive, sweet, spicy cinnamon taste and scent. Makes a wonderful tea or add it to salads and marinades. Deliciously different - full of possibilities. Packet is ½ gram, about 300 seeds.

½ Gram: $2.25 QTY:
Genovese Compact basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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GENOVESE COMPACT Basil Seeds

Thick, large, crinkled, dark green leaves, full of spicy flavor, superb for pesto sauces. 'Genovese' has long been a favorite of fresh markets and gourmets, and 'Genovese Compact' delivers same superior quality on much more neat, compact 1.5 foot tall plants. Great in containers. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.

¼ Gram: $2.49 QTY:
Italian Large Leaf basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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ITALIAN LARGE LEAF Basil Seeds

Big, high yielding plant with large, 2-3 inch wrinkled leaves and a particularly sweet (and less clove-like) flavor some cooks prefer. Grows 2-2.5 feet tall. Packet is ½ gram, about 275 seeds.

½ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Mrs. Burns' lemon basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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MRS. BURNS'
Lemon Basil Seeds

An heirloom variety from New Mexico which has a more intense lemon flavor, larger leaves, and more robust growth than the standard lemon basil. Grows to 2 feet tall and has pink flowers. Outstanding for teas, salads, soups and vinegars. Packet is ½ gram, about 250 seeds.

½ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Sweet Dani Lemon basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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SWEET DANI Lemon Basil Seeds

Contains 75% more essential oils than regular lemon basil. Leaves release an intoxicating lemon scent when brushed. Use in salads, soups, teas or potpourris - or as a seasoning for chicken and fish. An All-America Selections Winner. Packet is ¼ gram, about 125 seeds.

¼ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Purple Ruffles basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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PURPLE RUFFLES Basil Seeds

Large, 3 inch quilted leaves add a bit more cinnamon flavor to your cooking than regular basil. Makes an outstanding ornamental for containers, and an unusual distinctive garnish. Small percentage of plants will be green, thin when identified. Packet is ¼ gram, about 150 seeds.

¼ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Red Rubin basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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RED RUBIN (PURPLE PASSION) Basil Seeds

Here is a purple variety that really is close to 100% purple. While it is true 'Red Rubin' is a superb ornamental variety for vegetable gardens or containers, it is also quite tasty; delivering a gourmet quality flavor that adds zip to salads and pasta dishes. Packet is ¼ gram, about 175 seeds.

¼ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Spicy Bush (Greek Basil) basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds
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SPICY BUSH (GREEK) Basil Seeds

This is a compact, tidy, globular bush that is slow to bolt and is excellent in containers. The flavor is sweet and somewhat pungent - use it modestly in salads and tomato dishes. Grows to 14 inches tall. Packet is ½ gram, about 350 seeds.

½ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Siam Queen Thai basil seeds - Garden Seeds - Herb seeds.
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SIAM QUEEN Thai Basil Seeds

Both an outstanding ornamental and top-quality culinary basil. Leaves green, stems purple, flowers pink-violet. This is the basil most often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. With mild overtones of anise, 'Siam Queen' adds the right touch of spice to soups, curries and beef dishes. Grows to 2 feet tall. Packet is ¼ gram, about 175 seeds.

¼ Gram: $1.99 QTY:
Honey Bee introduces the How to Plant Anise Seeds section.

How to Plant BASIL Seeds

Direct sow into the garden after all danger of frost. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep, 2-3 seeds per inch, in rows 18 inches apart. Firm the soil well over the seeds. Thinning is not necessary. Can be started indoors in cell packs or flats 6 weeks prior to setting out.

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