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Lemon Verbena

Aloysia citrodora

Also known as

Suurlemoen Verbena (Afr.), Lemon scented verbena

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.8m

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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.

Common problems with Lemon Verbena

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

Seed

Sow seeds in Spring.

Cuttings

Lemon verbena stem tip cuttings and divisions are best taken when plants are emerging from dormancy in late spring.

Special features of Lemon Verbena

Pot plant

Also happy as a container plant when given sunshine, enough water and an occasional feeding.

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Lemon Verbena

Summer interest.

Medicinal

Lemon verbena tea is said to help with muscle spasms, stomach pain, menstrual cramping, anxiety and is a fever reducer.

Edible

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.

Summer Flowering Shrubs

Shrubs that give you structure and summer flowers.

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