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Purple Ruffles is probably the prettiest of basils, if not of all herbs.With handsome dark purple-black fringed leaves that are heavily ruffled and fringed, it produces spikes of large and showy, pinkish-purple flowers. While it deserves a place in your kitchen garden, it also makes an excellent contrasting plant in a border.Tempting though it is to leave and admire your Purple Ruffles, one taste will have you tearing the leaves of by the armful. More complex than other basils, you will find tones of anise (liquorice), cinnamon and perhaps even citrus. The colorful leaves are full of flavor, aromatic when crushed and are especially fine for herb vinegars and for garnishing.If you grow in your flower beds please leave some to flower in the summer. The delicate purple flowers are a real delight and the bees love them. Unlike most varieties of basil, Purple Ruffles can tolerate a little shade, especially in the afternoon. Just make sure that it manages to bask for at least three hours a day.Purple Ruffles basil where you'll be able to enjoy it's natural good-looks. It's so pretty, it doesn't even need to be useful, but it is! The flavor is stronger than that of sweet basil, but milder than some of the other green basils. Use it in your ornamental garden.One of the prettiest basil varieties. AAS seed winner, and a very easy plant to grow. Purple ruffles won't bolt as fast as other varieties and can be propagated easily from cutting to multiply plants out. leaves are jagged with deep purple with slight green tinges making them a showstopper. This culinary variety offers an ornamental benefit as well, with its fragrant, deep purple, ruffled leaves and light pink flowers. The vigorous, well-branched plants are 18-24" tall. This popular basil adds distinction to salads and vinegars. Approximately 5% of the plants have purple-green leaves.