Also known as
Herb Louisa, Cedron, Citroenverbena, Zitronenverbene, Lippia, Lemon scented verbena
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This plant has a strong fragrance
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Lemon Verbena Overview
Aloysia citriodora commonly known as Lemon verbena is a large, hardy, bushy perennial herb with a sweet lemon fragrance. Leaves will retain their scent after drying. Lemon verbena has a refreshing taste and can be used in many herbal recipes. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit.
How to harvest Lemon Verbena
Harvest leaves as needed throughout the growing season. Dry and save leaves from stems taken during pruning. Leaves contain the highest concentrations of oil in the early evening hours.
How to propagate Lemon Verbena
Sow seeds in Spring.
Lemon verbena stem tip cuttings and divisions are best taken when plants are emerging from dormancy in late spring.
Special features of Lemon Verbena
Also happy as a container plant when given sunshine, enough water and an occasional feeding.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Lemon Verbena
Lemon verbena tea is said to help with muscle spasms, stomach pain, menstrual cramping, anxiety and is a fever reducer.
The leaves and flowers are used in teas and to flavour food or alcoholic beverages. You can use the lemon verbena herbs in desserts and jams. It is also wonderful in a good fruit salad.
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