This is an improved version of purple basil that is much easier to grow. It is often used in basil vinegars, turning the vinegar a beautiful color. Delicious and pretty in salads and ideal of edible landscaping.Basil is the ultimate WARM SEASON annual herb. Don't even think about planting it outside until it warms up. Trust me on this. You can start it indoors to get a jump on the season. I also direct sow basil seeds again in mid-summer for an additional crop.