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Cat's Whiskers

Ocimum obovatum

Also known as

Idada, Iziba, Ufukuzela, Umathanjane

Easy care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Cat's Whiskers Overview

Erect and sometimes spreading, low-growing perennial herb, this plant is an excellent link between lawn and a shrubby border. It is a good candidate for a water-wise garden too. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

Special features of Cat's Whiskers

Attracts butterflies

Other uses of Cat's Whiskers