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Lemon Verbena

Aloysia citrodora

Also known as

Suurlemoen Verbena (Afr.), Lemon scented verbena

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Lemon Verbena Overview

Aloysia citriodora commonly known as Lemon verbena is a large, hardy, bushy perennial herb with a sweet lemon fragrance. Leaves will retain their scent after drying. Lemon verbena has a refreshing taste and can be used in many herbal recipes.

Common problems with Lemon Verbena

How to harvest Lemon Verbena

Harvest leaves as needed throughout the growing season. Dry and save leaves from stems taken during pruning. Leaves contain the highest concentrations of oil in the early evening hours.

How to propagate Lemon Verbena


Sow seeds in Spring.


Lemon verbena stem tip cuttings and divisions are best taken when plants are emerging from dormancy in late spring.

Special features of Lemon Verbena

Pot plant

Also happy as a container plant when given sunshine, enough water and an occasional feeding.

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Lemon Verbena

Summer interest.


Lemon verbena tea is said to help with muscle spasms, stomach pain, menstrual cramping, anxiety and is a fever reducer.


The leaves and flowers are used in teas and to flavour food or alcoholic beverages. You can use the lemon verbena herbs in desserts and jams. It is also wonderful in a good fruit salad.

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