Found growing in a seed bed adjoining his dark opal & camphor basil beds in 1982. It seems to be a cross between these two basils. The whole plant has a warm, sweet, camphor scent. It is a large, bushy, energetic plant that will grow to 3' & as wide as tall in a season, a stunning ornamental. New leaves are heavily brushed with purple, which fades in time to a deep bright green with purple veining. The undersides are a reddish purple. Stems are slightly hairy & suffused with violet.