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Herb Verbena Aloysia triphylla

Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena is a tender deciduous shrub grown for the odor of its leaves, an extraordinarily pleasant and sweet lemony scent released by untouched leaves and by bruised or crushed leaves alike. The flowers, which appear in late Spring, are white to pale lavender. However, the ornamental value of the plant lies in its spray of narrow leaves.

Height

24-48 Inches

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Spread

24-48 Inches

Homeowner Growing
& Maintenance Tips

Lemon verbena grows best on well-drained, slightly poor alkaline soil but tolerates a range of average soils. It needs regular moisture to remain leafy. In warm climates, it needs a little shade and can become a large, lanky shrub. Prune it regularly to keep it in bounds and to prompt new growth and fresh crops of leaves. In temperate to cool climates, it grows best in full sun, dies back over winter and remains a small shrub. Where not hardy, it can be grown in a container and brought indoors for the winter. Where hardy, it can also be grown as a herbaceous perennial by pruning it to the ground in winter.

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Interesting Notes

  • Commonly referred to as Lemon Verbena in North America
  • Commonly referred to as Herb Louisa in Europe

USDA Hardiness Zone 8-11

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Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Attributes
Edging
Container
Focal Point
Cut Flower
Fragrant
Dried Flower
Great Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Border or Bed
Purchase Size(s):
1801 (4")
Exposure
Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Spring
Summer
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
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