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Fiber Color Range
Mossy greens, bluey-greys, greeny-blues - there are lots of muted colors you can get from Purple Basil, but none are actually purple (as is so often the case with edible plants also used for dyeing.) Colors are not very stable, so use well-mordanted fibers and consider using them in finished projects that won’t be washed or exposed to much sunlight.

 

Purple Dark Opal Basil

Ocimum basilicum

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This was one of the first plants we experimented with, without knowing much about natural dyeing, and the difference between fast and “fugitive” dyes, which are those that fade over time. We’d call this a fugitive dye, but we continue to grow anyway - it’s a beautiful, edible plant that produces gorgeous shades we’ll keep experimenting with, if only because the dye pot smells so good! Use in flower arrangments as an interesting foliage alternative.

 Life Cycle  Annual
 Zone  Half-hardy annual
 Sunlight  Full Sun
 Height  18" - 24"
 Spacing  10" - 12" apart
 Soil

 Light, rich, well-drained;
 pH 5.5 - 6.5