Visually cinnamon basil looks like a cross between basil and mint. Its leaves are more narrow than common sweet basil with slightly serrated edges and more pointed tips.
Basil is easy to grow but it only grows outdoors in the summer and only once the soil has warmed up nicely so plan accordingly.
Basil plant with purple flowers. The foliage is easily bruised releasing the magnificent perfume. Flowers are produced in late summer blooming in pink or white on spikes. What is striking about this bushy 2 foot high basil is that as many as four pairs of leaves at the top of each stem are dark purple while the leaves lower on the stems shade to a pure even light green.
Other types include purple basil less sweet than common basil lemon basil lemon flavor and thai basil licorice flavor. Basil leaves whether sweet basil or purple spicy thai or citrusy lemon basil all contain essential oils responsible for their unique flavor nuances. The most common type of basil is sweet basil.
Foliage is a medium to dark green with purple stems and veins. The leaves smell sweet and lend nicely to vinaigrettes and salads. The granddaddy of purple leaved garden basils may well be ocimum basilicum purpurascens first identified in the 1830s by george bentham a british botanist.
Purple ruffles is a purple variety with a stronger flavor than you ll find in sweet basil. There are several types of purple basil all featuring beautiful dark purple leaves and lilac flowers. Ocimum is derived from the greek meaning to be fragrant and thus is evocative of this plant s delicious foliage.