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Aloysia citrodora (Lemon verbena)

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Plant description

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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.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: summer

Scent

Lemon verbena has a strong lemon scent

Plant size

Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Pests

Whitefly, mites

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: All.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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