Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)

Lemon Verbena is a shrub that grows to a height of 2-4 feet in most of the US. In very hot climates it grows much taller. It has a woody trunk and branches with tender stems holding long pointed leaves. Small, pale mauve flowers are produced from summer to autumn. Leaves have a strong lemon fragrance and flavor.


  • Propagate from cuttings taken in spring or summer.

  • Protect from frost by planting in a sheltered area. If you have a sunny location in your home, try bringing it indoors for winter.

  • Plant in a sunny area.

  • Prefers a neutral pH and good drainage.

  • Prune hard in autumn.


Cut leaves as needed and save all prunings for drying.


Red Spider Mites:
These mites appear when conditions are dry, so pray the underside of leaves daily during dry spells. If your plants are infested apply sulfuricon .

These hardbacked gray bugs cause extensive tip-wilting. They tend to drop when disturbed, so try shaking or brushing them into a can. Be sure to destroy them before they get away!

Culinary Uses

  • Sprinkle over salads or vegetables for a lemony flavor.

  • Use to flavor stuffings for meat.

  • Stir into herb butter or cottage cheese.

  • Makes a refreshing tea in combination with mint or alone. Good served iced.

  • Use liberally when on a low salt diet. Try combining with dried celery and lovage leaves.

Other Uses

  • Put leaves in the vacuum cleaner to freshen the house.

  • An infusion will make a nice skin freshener an toner.

  • Flowers can be used in arrangements.

  • The leaves lend a pleasant sent to bed linens.

  • Great for potpourri.

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