A tender perennial with large purple aromatic leaves and long spikes of purple flowers, it has the same culinary uses as common basil with the advantage it can be overwintered with enough warmth.
- Very decorative basil
- Attractive to bumble bees
- Aromatic leaves for culinary dishes
- Can be kept year round if the right conditions
Introduced form the East in the sixteenth century, the sweet pungent flavour of basil has been popular ever since as a culinary herb and needs to be used fresh as the dried herb is not comparable in flavour. There are many varieties of basil and his showy purple leaved type grows well in pots and is very slightly more robust than the others.
- Height: 60 - 100 cm
- Type: Tender
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: White
- Flowering period: June - October
This beautiful aromatic basil sadly, although perennial, is still as tender as all the other varieties. It needs to be kept above about twelve degrees centigrade in order to survive, so the best months outside are between mid-May and the end of August when the night time temperatures are higher. It grows very successfully in a heated conservatory, or if not too large, on a sunny windowsill. When young and small, basil should be watered carefully and drained properly – no sitting in saucers of water. Once established and growing fast in the summer they will guzzle water and like all herbs in pots will need a weekly feed to keep them strong and healthy. Pinch out the tips to eat rather than pull the leaves off the stems, that way the basil will remain bushy.
The leaves of African blue basil are a little fleshier than more traditional basils, but the flavour is just as good and it can be used in the same way for pestos, pasta sauces, tomato dishes, soups, salads and fruit dishes – especially with strawberries. This particular basil produces masses of purple flowers on long stems which bumble bees particularly find irresistible. Basil oil is used as a commercial flavouring and in the perfume industry.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.