The lemon verbena plant (Aloysia citrodora) is native to the countries of Chile and Argentina. This is an aromatic shrub, its leaves holding their fragrance even after being dried for years. Lemon verbena plant has a fragrant, lemony smell, small white flowers and narrow leaves.
Lemon verbena is a half-hardy, deciduous perennial shrub that can grow up to 2m. It bears clusters of tiny white flowers in summer and has pale-green lance-shaped leaves that are highly fragrant, exuding an aroma of lemon even when only lightly touched. It needs full sun and well-drained soil.
Lemon verbena herb is a sensitive plant, preferring warmth to cold and having a high water requirement. Lemon verbena grows best in loose, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter with good drainage. Though moisture-retentive soil is often recommended, lemon verbena will rot if its roots are constantly wet.
Young, finely chopped fresh verbena leaves can be used to give any dish a lemony taste.
Make a refreshing tea with verbena. You can also add the herb infused in oils and vinegars.
Lemon verbena is an astringent, aromatic herb that is rich in volatile oils. It has calming and digestive properties. It is taken internally to reduces feverish colds, soothes bronchial and nasal congestion, relieves spasms, nausea, palpitations and soothes abdominal discomfort. Verbena is a gentle sedative and tonic for the nervous system and helps to encounter depression.
How to grow lemon verbena from seed
If you choose to start your seeds indoors, begin your seeds several weeks before the last frost in your area in flats or trays. Use a good garden soil mixed with a handful of peat moss or compost. Place your seeds an inch apart over the surface of the soil and cover very lightly with a thin layer of soil. Moisten the soil well, and wait until your seedlings have at least one set of leaves before transferring them into larger pots or into the garden.
In warm, tropical climates, you will be able to plant verbena seeds directly. Consider planting your seeds in the autumn. Or wait until the last danger of frost has passed and the ground is warming. Plant your seeds in rows in a sunny location, and cover lightly with soil. Water thoroughly, and keep your seedlings moist but not wet. Thin away the weaker seedlings to allow the stronger specimens better access to nutrients and water.
Please note that Lemon Verbena is a slow growing plant initially, so germination may take some time.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.