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PlantFiles: Camphor Basil, Kilimanjaro Basil
Ocimum kilimandscharicum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: kilimandscharicum (kil-ih-man-SHAR-ih-kum) (Info)

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Karlien On Sep 16, 2013, Karlien from Oranjemund
Namibia wrote:

Strong camphor odor.
Perennial woody shrub, grows up to 1,2m.
Ovate leaves, bears creamy white flowers.
Full sun, well drained soil.
Frost tender, but will grow out again in spring.
Can take heavy pruning.
Very stately plant in the herb garden.
Can also grow in a big container.
Culinary Uses:
Too strong a flavor for culinary use.
Parts Used:
Leaves and seeds.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
Internally for malaria and other feverish infections.
Stomach aches.
Other Uses:
Leaves and seeds: repel insects, especially mosquitoes.
Leaves - in sachets to protect woolens.
Commercial source of camphor.

Neutral mystic On Aug 11, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Has a strong, medicinal scent. Gray-green foliage. Not used for culinary purposes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tampa, Florida
Pukalani, Hawaii

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