Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Lemon Verbena
Give a thumbs up Verveine Odorante

Botanical names:
Aloysia citrodora Accepted
Verbena citrodora Synonym
Aloysia triphylla Synonym
Verbena triphylla Synonym
Verbena fragrans Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Plant Spread: 2 feet
Flowers: Fragrant
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Various insects


Posted by mom2goldens (Carmel, IN - Zone 5a) on Sep 19, 2014 7:07 PM

I think this is the most fragrant of the "lemon scented" plants. This year, with a cool/rainy summer in partial shade, my lemon verbena grew into a shrub-sized plant. I highly recommend using this plant in cooking: It makes a wonderful jelly, simple syrup, Ice cream, and flavored sugar. Dry the leaves for a wonderful addition to your potpourri. Definitely worth growing for its wonderful aroma.

I've found this a very difficult plant to overwinter. It does not like to be moved or uprooted, and will lose most/all of its leaves.

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Posted by vic (North Carolina) on Oct 3, 2011 2:56 PM

This is extremely fragrant and can be used in tea. It can also be used in sachets and as potpourri. Place the pot where the fragrance will be enjoyed.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on May 8, 2013 2:37 PM

This is a marginal Zone 8 plant. I have never had it survive the winter, even when giving it winter protection. It is well worth growing, very fragrant. I treat it as an annual, and replant every year. It gets to be a fair sized plant in one season.

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