A deciduous shrub native to South America. It is an attractive plant with beautiful lemon scented leaves that can be used to flavour sweet and savoury dishes as well as making a refreshing herbal tea. Lemon verbena grows best is a sunny position in free draining moist soil. It does not tolerate frost but can be grown in a pot and protected on frosty nights. The attractive, delicate and fragrant white/mauve flowers are also used in teas and other culinary concoctions.
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Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
No Leaves (Deciduous)
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Suitability in Pots
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Dwarf (1/2 Normal Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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Customer Comments on Lemon Verbena
Excellent plant to control guardia. Has a pathogen bactericidal action.Make a strong infusion by putting several 6-8" growing tips in teapot. Add boiling warer, cover, let stand for at least 5-7 minutes, then drink. Can add honey to taste. | Chris Kilgour - Cooks Gap, NSW 05-Apr-2008
I grow this easily in poor sandy soil. Stands up to the heat and dry well, although it needs a little water. Has survived frosts down to -7 degrees. | Claire - Coonabarabran, NSW 22-Dec-2019
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