Clove Basil

The scientific name for clove basil is Ocimum gratissimum. But, clove basil is also known as African basil, wild basil, West African Basil, Tulsi vana and undoubtedly many other regional names.

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mature clove basil on our Big Island farm

Clove basil is a very vigorous perennial plant that strikes readily from cuttings and germinates well from seed. In the Hawaiian tropics we have seen it grow to 8 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. In its larger form clove basil completely shades out our tropical grasses. Therefore, making it a useful hedge plant. However, in other climates it may still thrive in much smaller pots or in garden plots.

We use clove basil to make fresh teas because it is high in antioxidants and has a warming clove aroma and taste. In Ayurvedic medicine, Clove basil is used to treat stress, anxiety, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.

If you purchase from us you will receive 6-10″ woody cuttings that we cut to order. Ocimum gratissimum is relatively easy to propagate. For best results, plant cuttings in sterile potting mix and keep them moist in a semi-shady area until rooted.

Visit Katie’s Tropical Kitchen website for more recipes and information on tropical fruits.