Fragrant flowers forum: Aloysia virgata "Sweet Almond Verbena"

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Name: Susan
Georgia
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IO1
Jul 13, 2011 12:38 PM CST
What is the best way to propagate them? I just trimmed mine back and have a nice piece with some blooms on it.
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kevin51
Jul 22, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Susan, I used to grow them and in my zone 7 climate, some yrs they made it. Others they didn't so I can't, I'm afraid, give any advice on how to propagate but good luck. Lee

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Name: Susan
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IO1
Jul 25, 2011 1:12 PM CST
Well, it isn't looking too happy. LOL I sure do love this plant, though. I might have to break down and get another one if this one doesn't make it. It smells just wonderful when it blooms.
Name: Sally
Wesley Chapel. FL (Zone 9a)
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Sossman
Jul 27, 2011 5:04 PM CST
I have tried taking cuttings to root them, but have never had much luck. Mine is planted on the side of the lanai between two night blooming jasmines. They are all huge and when in flower, there is nothing to compare with any of them. :)
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Jul 30, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Well, thanks to you guys mentioning it, I had to look it up and now have to have it. I would think that it would be more common at nurseries out here since the lemon verbena always is and I can't believe that I'd never even heard of it. I think it's one of those deals where the nurseries think nobody wants it so the nurseries don't carry it, so people don't know they want, etc....lol. I'm on the trail for some out here...I've seen it mentioned in my searching that cuttings are quite easy and I've even rooted the lemon verbena in water, so if all else fails, or if you're feeling lazy, try that...
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Sally
Wesley Chapel. FL (Zone 9a)
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Sossman
Aug 2, 2011 5:56 AM CST
I have two cuttings sitting in water right now along with two cuttings from the night blooming jasmine. Keeping my fingers crossed that they root!

I had never heard of this plant until we were at a neighbors house a couple of years ago and I kept smelling this wonderful perfume. When asked she told me she had just picked the plant up at Lowes! Unfortunately, Lowes had sold out of them by the time I got out there. A week later I was cruising the local nurseries to see what I just could not live without when my nose caught the smell of the almond bush! I bought one right then and there. The next week, I had to go back to get another one for my sister! Smiling Love the scent of this pretty flowered bush!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Aug 2, 2011 8:06 AM CST
Lowe's! You just never know...I think the plant is much better known back there than here, apparently. I think I'm getting one today if someone else didn't grab it. A friend asked for it at a nursery a ways from here and they have one a in 5 gallon, so I'm on my way there this a.m. The DH said, "You're driving to San Marcos for it?".......Oh, yes....lol...
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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Sally
Wesley Chapel. FL (Zone 9a)
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Sossman
Aug 2, 2011 8:24 AM CST
You will be so happy you got it! The smell is just incredible. When there is a soft breeze blowing, my entire lanai is filled with this scent. :)
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Aug 2, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Uh huh...I'm a sucker for anything scented....lol..
I could be wrong...
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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Aug 2, 2011 11:41 AM CST
Went and picked up my aloysia virgata...LOVE that scent!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Sally
Wesley Chapel. FL (Zone 9a)
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Sossman
Aug 3, 2011 10:29 AM CST
MMMM-mmmmmm-mmmmmmm!!! I can smell it now!!!! Hurray!
Name: Susan
Georgia
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IO1
Aug 23, 2011 3:21 PM CST
Oh, I'm so jealous! LOL I had to order mine, and it still very small. I'd love to be able to find a 5 gal! Isn't it a treat! Even my little tiny one has a *big smell.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Aug 23, 2011 3:47 PM CST
Cuttings of lemon verbena root in water almost immediately....aloysia virgata is not being so willing. I'm going to resort to my usual method of rooting in perlite w/ water, if that fails then I'll go the peat/ perlite route.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Susan
Georgia
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IO1
Aug 30, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Let me know how it goes. Mine didn't root in water, either.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Aug 30, 2011 11:06 AM CST
No luck so far....will try in perlite this week. I'm overrun with cuttings at the moment.....It's been too hot outside lately so my kitchen and bathrooms are overflowing with cuttings....lol...need to get some stuff potted and out of the way.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jan 17, 2012 7:24 AM CST
Here is S Florida this plant is available several places.
What I found out at Butterfly World where I purchased mine is it blooms here year round if you keep it dead headed.
It's my favorite fragrant plant.
I didn't know it was a verbena
Sidney
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FRANCE (Zone 9a)
rosebud
Jan 21, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Bonjour
I'm a fan of scented plants
Aloysia virgata appears to be a very fragrant shrub
This plant, like your Calycanthus, is very difficult to find in France
I'm in zone 9a (-5 to 6 degree Celsius minimum)
North West of FRANCE, the climate is oceanic
I want to try this shrub
I'd like your opinion.
Good weekend
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Jan 21, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Plant Delights Nursery lists aloysia virgata as being hardy to zones 7b-10, and in their climate, it dies to the ground each winter, but returns. -5-6 degrees celsius=32 degrees farenheit? I'm in zone 9 here and though it does occasionally get that cold in this area, our property hardly, if ever, gets any frost, so I'm not much help in determing hardiness from personal experience. I'm sure someone else will come along from a colder zone to give their experience with this plant.....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
FRANCE (Zone 9a)
rosebud
Jan 21, 2012 2:21 PM CST
About Temperature :
-5 degre celsius = 23 degre Farenheit
-6 degre celsius = 21 degre Farenheit
Name: Sidney McCollum
Okeechobee, Fl (Zone 10a)
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Sugarweed
Jan 21, 2012 2:31 PM CST
Well Jeremy in JaxFlaGardener in Jacksonville, FL has almost a tree of this and it's very tolerant of whatever cold we have had up there. The zone is 8b/9a.
Mine down here at Lake Okeechobee got a little frost turning leaf edges silver, but is still pumping blooms. They smell best at dusk.
Sidney
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