Ocimum johnstonii Baker
Ocimum tortuosum Baker
Common Name: Camphor Basil
Camphor basil is a perennial plant growing 1 - 2 metres tall. The plant is often grown as an annual, especially in cooler climates.
The leaves are used as a flavouring in foods, whilst the plant also has medicinal properties, yields an essential oil, and is used as an insect repellent.
Eastern tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda.
|Other Uses Rating||
Prefers a rich, light, well-drained to dry soil and a position in full sun[
The leaves have a distinctive camphor-like fragrance. They are used as a flavouring for rice, vegetables etc, and are also brewed as a tea[
The plant is used to lower fevers[
The plant is a commercial source of camphor[
The plant is grown as a mosquito repellent[
Seed - sow in a nursery seedbed and only just cover the seed. Germination is usually free and quick, prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough.
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.