By far the prettiest variety of basil that I grew was an unnamed striped purple basil that I have been working on for a few years.
|Unnamed purple stripey basil, looks nicer in real life|
The taste was not as sweet as I would like, but it held up to cooking far better than genovese basil which makes it rather useful. The leaves were a bit smaller than I would like, but they look amazing and they grow enough leaves that it makes up for them being a bit small.
I plan to grow this variety again this year, I think it is now a stable strain. If it is stable it will need a name.
|Pink/Purple basil flowers, dark stems|
|Like all basil they grow well as cuttings|
|Some higher leaves were less striped when the plants began to flower|
|Dark stems, purple striped leaves, very ornamental (and edible) basil|
|One of my plants, tall and narrow|
|Plants get tall and narrow if not pinched and made to branch|
|Top of leaf green with dark purple stripes|
|Dark purple stems and backs of leaves|
|Same plant, same chopping board, same day, but the lighting was somehow different|