I Love Lemon Verbena

Apr 18, 2020 | Love This!

Name:    Aloysia citriodora aka lemon verbena

 Type of Plant:    In areas where this plant is hardy, Zones 8 – 10, it’s a small shrub. But in colder climates this herb is treated as an annual.

 Why I Love/Hate this plant:  It’s the definition of aromatherapy! Pick a sprig of lemon verbena, rub it with your fingers to release the oils, and you’ll be instantly happy.  Most people who grow this once will be sure to plant it every year, either in the herb or vegetable garden, or in a container on a patio or deck.

You can use this herb in any dish where a lemony flavor is desired. I find it especially good in teas and cocktails. A sprig of lemon verbena makes a great garnish for a plate or beverage.

 A Word to the Wise:  It’s not difficult to over-winter a pot of lemon verbena indoors, but I’m not sure it’s worth the space unless you have a greenhouse. You can purchase a small plant every spring for under $5.00 and they grow very quickly. In fact, you might want to have two or three… put one on the deck or patio where you typically sit, another near your kitchen door, and a third next to the driveway so you can pick a sprig before getting in your car.

Lemon verbena makes a pretty foliage plant for porches or patios when grown in a colorful pot.

The more sprigs of lemon verbena that you clip off, the more the plant grows new ones. A tiny plant purchased in the spring will grow into a bush about two feet tall and wide when grown in a larger container or the ground.

 

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