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Aloysia citrodora
Aloysia citrodora

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Regular Water
Moderate

Aloysia

Verbenaceae
Deciduous, Herbs, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen

These are highly aromatic shrubs with tiny flowers and a sparse growth habit. They are native to the warmer parts of North and South America. All need good drainage.

Aloysia citrodora (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Aloysia citrodora (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Aloysia citrodora

Native to Argentina and Chile. Legginess is its natural state; this is the herb that grew like a gangling shrub in gardens of long ago, reaching 6 ft. or taller and sprawling nearly as wide. Prized for lemon-scented leaves used to flavor teas and iced drinks. Narrow leaves to 3 in. long are arranged in whorls of three or four along branches. Bears open clusters of very small flowers in summer.

Grow among lower plants to hide its legginess; or locate it against a wall or fence and pinch-prune to create interesting tracery. Can also be trained into a standard and tolerates clipping into a hedge. In colder climates, grow it as a houseplant (pinch frequently) and let it spend warm months outdoors.

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