DESCRIPTION: Annual herb growing to 45cm. This variety has large dark purple-black foliage and grows to a neat, bushy plant. PLANTING: Spring-Summer in cool locations, Autumn-Winter in warmer locations. Sow seeds directly into their final position & thin at approx 5cm in height. A full sun position is ideal. Plant in containers or the kitchen garden to enjoy the fresh leaves in salads and pasta dishes. USE IN: Basil pairs beautifully with tomato based dishes, sauces and salads. It makes the perfect pizza topper too, simply tear a few leaves and sprinkle over pizza fresh from the oven. CARE: Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells. Mulch plants to retain moisture in the soil. Tip prune plants while young for a bushy plant and bumper harvest. Boost new growth by applying liquid fertiliser monthly. Leaves may be frozen for later use.