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Basil Varieties

There are dozens of types of basil. All true basil varieties are considered to be those that are a part of the Ocimum genus. Ocimum Basilicum, or sweet basil, is the most well known species of the basil plant. There are numerous cultural varieties of basil, such as purple basil and cinnamon basil, which are appreciated for their unique colors, smell and taste. There are also a number of different species that are highly regarded for their use in cooking, medicine and for their ties to religion as well. Two such species include Thai basil and holy basil. Other types of basil are excellent choices for decorative designs, either because of their beautiful flowers or ability to be used in topiaries or as hedging. Two such plants include purple bush basil and boxwood basil. You have plenty of choices when growing basil.

For your convenience, we have included a collection of the most common basil plants for sale that can be grown from basil seeds. You can buy basil seeds for these basil varieties by clicking on the links or images below.

Sweet Basil Classic Italian basil, used in tomato sauce, pesto and salads.

“Basil, Sweet 1 Pkt. (480 seeds)”

Purple Ruffles Basil Ruffled, large and frilly purple leaves. Beautiful and fragrant. Stronger flavor than Sweet Basil but milder flavor than Green Ruffles. Adds color and flavor to herb vinegars.

“Basil, Purple Ruffles 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Thai Basil More tender and more intensely flavored than Sweet Basil. Thai basil seeds are highly aromatic with a licorice-basil aroma. Great in both Thai and Italian recipes. Wonderful container plant. Late flowering. Height 24″.

“Basil, Thai, Siam Queen 1 Pkt. (50 seeds)”

Round Midnight Basil This highly aromatic purple leaf basil, a hybrid, with shiny leaves and dense habit promises a summer of fragrant and tasty pleasure. A garden attention-getter, each plant is full and round, 10-12″ tall, 8-10″ across, with showy spikes of light purple blooms.

“Basil, Round Midnight 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Lemon Basil Attractive, spreading silver-green plants. Lemony aroma and flavor for potpourris, tea, chicken, fish, vegetables and herb vinegars. Native to northwest India.

“Basil, Lemon 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Greek Basil Native to southeast Asia, basil has been used in cooking and for fragrances for centuries. Brought to Europe in the Middle Ages, it thrived in the Mediterranean region, as well as by the Caspian and Black Seas. Tiny leaves on dome shaped, 8″ tall plants. Great with tomatoes, in salads or sauces. Especially interesting in the garden.

“Basil, Greek 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Spicy Saber Basil A distinct spicy note perfect for Asian dishes. Remains bushy and productive late into the season. Bright green saber-like ornamental leaves.

“Basil, Spicy Saber (Serrata) 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Genovese Basil Extremely tender, fragrant, extra-large, dark green leaves. An Italian strain, best for pesto. Height 18-24″.

“Basil, Genovese 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Cardinal Basil Flaunts a unique scent, rich and heady with a touch of spice. Strong, deep burgundy stems hold the flowers above the smooth, bright green leaves, ensuring a vibrant show throughout the summer even as you continue harvesting fresh leaves. A beautiful standout in the herb patch and a flavorful addition to the ornamental bed.

“Basil, Cardinal 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Green Ruffles Basil This variety has large, serrated and quilted leaves. Enhances the flavor of tomato dishes.

“Basil, Green Ruffles 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Boxwood Basil Tight mounds of small leaves that resemble boxwood plants make a highly ornamental edging for the patio or for a container by the kitchen door. Bred in France for a highly flavorful pesto ingredient. A beautiful basil variety that makes a fine garden companion.

“Basil, Boxwood 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Summerlong Basil Very compact, tight bushes, slow to bolt, densely covered with shiny, bright green leaves. Great for pots and ornamental edging in vegetable beds.

“Basil, Summerlong 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”

Lime Basil A rare and hard to find seed variety. Lime basil is sweet and fragrant with a mild citrus taste. The lime scent of the bright green, lance-shaped leaves pair perfectly with lemon basil, for a full explosion of tangy fresh flavor. Excellent for flavoring sauces, dressings and desserts.

“Basil, Lime 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)”