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Verbena, Lemon   /   Aloysia citrodora

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Lemon Verbena - Aloysia citrodora, Verbena triphylla (latin)

Geographical origins: The Andes of south America.
Adult dimensions: Height up to 3m, width up to 2 m.
Foliage: Semi-evergreen.
Type of soil: Light, dry or not very humid, does not like excessive chalk.
Hardiness: Not very hardy, the plant dies under -5°C.
Site: Full sun required.

Properties and uses:
The Lemon Verbena is a pleasant little shrub with a lanceolate, pale green foliage. It emits a strong smell of lemon when creased between the fingers. Its leaves are used either fresh or dried, in various culinary preparations for their lemony scent, or in infusions. Not very hardy under our climate, it is best to grow the Lemon Verbena in a greenhouse, or kept protected in a veranda over winter. Lastly, this plant keeps mosquitoes at bay.

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