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Lemon Bush

Lippia javanica

Also known as

Fever Tea, Koorsbossie, Beukesbossie, Lemoenbossie (Afr), Mutswane, Umsutane (Swati), Inzinziniba (Xhosa), Umsuzwane, Umswazi (Zulu), Musukudu, Bokhukhwane (Tswana)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Lemon Bush

Flowers. Photo Geoff Nichols
G Nichols

Lemon Bush Overview

Lemon bush is a must for the medicinal herb gardener, it is used by many African tribes in traditional healing, taken as teas, lotions, even burning to inhale the smoke, which is the quickest way to get exposed to healing properties! ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

Common problems with Lemon Bush

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Lemon Bush

    Stems and leaves are harvested as needed, but best during summer and autumn.

    How to propagate Lemon Bush

    Seed

    Sow seeds in situ in spring and early summer.

    Cuttings

    Take 5-8cm apical shoot tip cuttings in spring. Semi-hardwood cuttings root the best. Use rooting hormone to help!

    Special features of Lemon Bush

    Attractive leaves

    Pot plant

    Drought resistant

    Pioneer

    Other uses of Lemon Bush

    Medicinal

    Taken for numerous ailments, coughs, colds, bronchial problems, fever, heat rashes, stings and bites.

    Other uses

    Medicinal