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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
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.

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.

From seed or by cuttings.

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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