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Camphor Basil Seeds

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Camphor Basil Seeds

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Camphor Basil Seeds

3.75

Chemical-free farm-grown Camphor Basil (Ocimum kilimandscharicum) seeds for organic growing.

All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.

1 pkg (approx 70-100 seeds)

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Common Names
Camphor Basil

Botanical Name
Ocimum kilimandscharicum

Plant Family
Lamiaceae

Life Cycle
Annual/Perennial

Native Range
Africa

Hardiness Zone
Perennial in zones 10-11. Grown as an annual in zones 2-9 or overwintered indoors.

Habit
Grows to 3ft tall and 1.5ft wide. Intensely camphor scented foliage and light pink flowers.

Sun/Soil
Full sun, well-drained fertile soil.

Germination/Sowing
Camphor Basil grows easily from seed. Basil seeds need warmth to germinate, ideally around 21C. This can easily be achieved on a sunny window sill inside the house or with bottom heat in an outdoor cold-frame or greenhouse. On Southern Vancouver Island where our farm is located, we wait until mid-April or May before starting basil seeds.

Growing/Care 
Camphor Basil needs little care aside from regular watering during the hot season.

Harvesting
Harvesting can be done by gathering the aerial parts once the plants are mature. They can be gathered fresh through the growing season. The entire plant can be pulled and harvested before frost, or overwintered indoors.

Culinary Uses
N/A

Medicinal Uses
The strongly aromatic leaves are wonderful as a decongestant tea for colds and flus. Camphor Basil is diaphoretic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, and carminative.

Themes
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Container Garden.