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Lemon verbena is a semi-deciduous perennial plant that is valued for the strong lemon scent of the foliage, which can be used for cooking and to make a herbal tea. It is native to Chile, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia, and likes a warm humid climate. It loses leaves at -0C, but is hardy down to -10C. New growth can be slow to appear in spring. The flowers and foliage can be used for cut flowers, with the bonus of lemon perfume.
Lemon verbena likes a warm sheltered spot with a free draining soil. It benefits from regular pruning to keep it compact. Propagation is by soft tip cuttings, which root readily. Seed is only produced in warm climates, and is sown in spring.
Lemon verbena has anti-oxidant and antibacterial properties, and contains citral, nerol and geraniol.
Flower colour: White
Flowering season: summer
Lemon verbena has a strong lemon scent
Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Planting season: All.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.