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Wild Sweet Basil, Wild Mosquito Plant
Ocimum campechianum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: campechianum (kan-pech-ee-AY-num) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Shrubs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Dec 29, 2004, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This shrubby, herbaceous short lived perennial grows from about 8 to 20 inches tall. It has opposite, ovate, toothed leaves. Its natural habitat is hammocks, flatwoods and disturbed areas of southern Florida and tropical America. It blooms all year in Florida.

Listed as Endangered in Florida