Ocimum, Basil, Sweet Basil 'Lime'

Ocimum americanum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ocimum (OSS-ih-mum) (Info)
Species: americanum (a-mer-ih-KAY-num) (Info)
Cultivar: Lime




Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Emerald Lake Hills, California

Lawndale, California

Menifee, California

Paramount, California

Woodside, California

Miami, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Welaka, Florida

Macomb, Illinois

Anderson, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Saucier, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Silver Springs, Nevada

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Houston, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted Lime Basil all around the perimeter of my garden as a deer and mosquito repellant... it really works! A big bonus is that the honey bees absolutely love the blooms. I also noticed that vegetables, growing right next to the Lime Basil, had no pests... even the stink bugs stayed clear of it.

A trading pal of mine said that it smells like Fruit Loops Cereal. It's a really wonderful citrus scent. An easy-to-grow plant that's surprisingly heat and drought tolerant.


On May 22, 2012, mrhank from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

LOVE THIS PLANT! Grew four groups of Basils from seed this spring and thought I'd see how they stacked up comparatively. Genovese, Sweet, Red Rubin and Lime. Started them all on the potting bench in small seedling pots (dozens of 'em) and worked 'em up to larger pots and then into the gardens.

The Lime was the smallest and most different (it isn't Ocimum basilcum) and my initial thought was that it was not going to be a favorite. HOWEVER, of all my various seedlings the LIME had the highest survival rate from tiny seedling to well-rooted plantable stock... so I put it in the garden in many places. Wow am I glad I did.

The plant is smaller than basilicum but it is healthy, thick and vigorous everywhere The color is lime green not the deep green of Gen... read more


On Apr 28, 2008, gapchwillow from Macomb, IL wrote:

I grew my basil from seed sown in a container partially sunk in the ground for moisture retention. There were probably 10-12 plants in the pot and they grew into the amazing mound shape that you see in my photo. I recently moved to a new construction house sadly lacking in landscaping appeal so this was quite welcome. From a distance the basil looked like an ornamental shrub planted next to my patio! The butterflies and bees loved the flowers and I loved using the fresh leaves for cooking. I left the plants over winter and they were visited by numbers of juncos who feasted on the seeds. I hope I'm able to duplicate the results this year.


On May 1, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

For basil, this one smells really nice and strong (scent holds up well in the heat also)...it is a small-leaved variety and I found it to grow just fine in a pot. The smaller leaf varieties tend to do better for me in pots than the large leaf types. Probably because they require less water in Houston summers. I'll give it a positive rating, but then there are few basils I dislike!


On Sep 1, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I grew this from seed this year for the first time, & from what I'd heard from other gardeners & cooks, expected to be "wowed", but instead ended up rather disappointed.

Sowed seed indoors in late March & had 100% germination within 4 days. Planted out in large deck containers in late spring.

While my regular "Sweet Italian" Basil & "Sweet Dani" Lemon Basil took off & produced a bounty of leaves, the Lime remained rather small & stalky with tiny leaves by comparison. In addition, keeping it deadheaded is a full-time job - it runs to seed at supersonic speed.

I was also somewhat disappointed in its flavor, finding it nearly indistinguishable from lemon varieties. Since I do have seed left, will probably give it another chance to "wow" me next... read more


On Jul 25, 2005, Kauai17 from Leander, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is my new favorite herb. I love it! Planted it back in the Spring and it took off very quickly. It has grown very fast and flowered several times. Think key lime pie because that is exactly what it smells like. The bees and butterflies flock to this herb!