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botanical name:
Aloysia triphylla
Aloysia triphylla © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Lemon Verbena, Herb Louisa, Cedron, Citroenverbena, Zitronenverbene, Lippia
synonyms:  Aloysia citriodora, Lippia citriodora, Verbena triphylla, Verbena citriodora
family:  Verbenaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 3.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: lilac
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Tender deciduous shrub with narrow, strongly lemon-scented, bright green leaves arranged in whorls of 3 on upright stems. Delicate clusters of pale lilac to white flowers in late summer.

cultivation:
Protect from hard frosts, although established plants will survive short periods a few degrees below zero. Best in well-drained, poorish, light soils and full sun.
Does not attain full size in cool climates.
Remove any dead branches in spring.

propagation:
From seed or by cuttings.

usage:
Culinary herb, the leaves and side shoots can be dried and powdered for use in stuffings and cakes. Strong lemon aroma and taste.
Also a medicinal herb, used to treat asthma, colds, fevers, stomach upsets and diarrhoea.

other notes:
Native to Chile and Peru.

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