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Commonly known as Lemon plant, Lemon verbena, Lemon-scented verbena
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Narrow lance-shaped bright-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
Purple Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Bushy, upright habit.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Good to know - syn. A. citrodora. Culinary use and in pot-pourri. When dried fragrance becomes more intense. Wildlife plant - butterflies.
oil from the foliage and flowers is used to treat respiratory conditions. Crushed leaves are used to reduce indigestion and as a stimulant for depression.
Place of origin
Panicles - tiny flowers in slender panicles to 12cm (4¾in) long
Greenhouse / conservatory Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - if growing in greenhouse - loam based compost, JI No. 2
Patio / pot plants
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Free draining sandy soil - poor, well-drained soil. Provide dry mulch in autumn to protect roots.