Lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora)

Aloysia citrodora

Lemon verbena

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Aloysia citrodora
  • Common name: Lemon verbena
  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Purple

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Lemon verbena, Aloysia citrodora, is a deciduous sub-shrub grown for its aromatic foliage, which has a scent that indistinct to that of sherbet lemons. It also has panicles of delicate pale pink flowers, which appear in late summer. Chop a small handful of fresh leaves then steep and strain to make a refreshing tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced.

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It’s not fully hardy, so will require winter protection in the form of a thick mulch to protect the roots. Alternatively, grow Aloysia citrodora in a container that can be moved to a frost-free location over winter.

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For best results, grow Aloysia citrodora in full sun and well-drained soil. Aloysia citrodora has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

How to grow Aloysia citrodora

  • Plant size

    2.5m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do Take cuttings in March

Do Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do Prune in April

Do Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Aloysia citrodora and wildlife

Aloysia citrodora is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Aloysia citrodora poisonous?

Aloysia citrodora has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Aloysia citrodora