Also known as
Yerba Dulce, Aztec Sweet Herb, Bushy Lippia, Honeyherb, Hierba Dulce, Tzopelic-Xihuitl
Phyla dulcis, the Aztec Sweet Herb (11628656846) by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0)
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Mexican Lippia Overview
Lippia dulcis is a spreading to trailing, herbaceous perennial species from the Verbenaceae family. This plant originates from Mexico to Venezuela and the Caribbean. Previously well known as Phyla dulcis, it has historically been used as a sweetener. Lippia dulcis is commonly known by the names Mexican Lippia, Yerba Dulce and Aztec Sweet Herb, amongst others. It can grow to around 50cm in height, spreading up to 1m. It produces dark green, egg-shaped, aromatic leaves measuring between 1-4cm in length. The foliage may develop purple-brown flushing and red stems in strong sunlight or cold overnight temperatures. Small, cone-shaped, white flowers are borne on upright spikes in the summer. Grow this tender plant in full sun to partial shade, in well-draining soil, it won't cope with freezing temperatures. Due to its spreading to trailing habit, Mexican Lippia suits growing as a groundcover. It may also be grown in containers or hanging baskets.