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Aloysia citrodora
Aloysia citrodora

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Zone
Zones 9, 10, 12-31
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Aloysia citrodora

Lemon Verbena
Verbenaceae
Deciduous, Herbs, Shrubs

ALOYSIA

These are aromatic shrubs with tiny flowers and a sparse growth habit. Native to warmer parts of North and South America. Provide good drainage.

Aloysia citrodora
Aloysia citrodora

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Aloysia citrodora

Native to Argentina, 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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