It has unusual large (3 to 4 inches long), flat, reddish-purple leaves. A stronger flavor than sweet basil, which present a unique clove-like flavour, making it most appealing for salads and garnishes.
Loves full-sun and regular water. It is easily grown in a small pot and can be grown indoors on a sunny windowsill.
If you want to use the leaves fresh, pick them as they mature. For drying them, wait until the flowers begin to open on the plant, then cut them at once (you can simply cut the entire plant and hang it upside-down).