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Care of the plant Ocimum labiatum or Shell Bush.

Care of the plant Ocimum labiatum or Shell Bush

The genus Ocimum, of the Lamiaceae family, includes about 35 species of herbaceous plants and shrubs distributed throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. Some species are: Ocimum labiatum, Ocimum basilicum, Ocimum minimum, Ocimum grandiflorum, Ocimum americanum, Ocimum tenuiflorum.

Common names: Shell Bush, Pink sage. This species is native to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

They are fast-growing and highly branched semi-deciduous shrubs that reach 60-70 cm in height. The aromatic, deep green leaves have a velvety texture and heart-shaped shape. The attractive mauve pink flowers appear in long spikes above the leaves. They bloom from early summer to early fall.

They are used to cover slopes, in flowerbeds and edges, in clear understory and as isolated specimens. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Ocimum labiatum grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures. They resist occasional frosts down to -3ºC.

They grow in any type of well-drained soil, especially sandy soils.

They are very resistant to drought plants that need moderate watering, always waiting for the substrate to have dried completely.

They do not need fertilizer.

Prune lightly in late winter to keep it compact. Prune intensively every 2 years to strengthen the plants.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate easily and quickly from seed sown in early spring.


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Ocimum labiatum
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Ocimum labiatum