Aloysia citrodora

Lemon verbena (syn. Lippia citriodora)

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, poor, dry soil, or John Innes No2 in a pot
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Flower colour: pale lilac to white
  • Other Features: lemon-scented leaves are useful for making herb tea and pot pourri
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (will need winter protection)

    Slender, lemon-scented, bright green leaves on upright stems and delicate clusters of pale lilac to white late summer flowers. In frost free areas lemon verbena is an ideal specimen for the front of a sunny border. Plant next to paths and entrances where the refreshing, lemon-scented foliage, useful for herb tea and pot pourri, can be fully appreciated.

  • Garden care: Apply a thick mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure in autumn to protect the roots. Plants cut back by frost usually regenerate from the base.

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  • Q:

    How do I get rid of gnats?

    We are having a wedding in our garden and need to eliminate gnats. We have a small pond, which doesn't help but we really don't want to get rid of it. There will not be room to have citronella flares. Is there anything we can plant? Thank you
    Asked on 6/29/2009 by Christopher Robinson

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    • A:

      Hello there, One of the nicest things to plant that will help to discourage gnats and flying menaces is lemon verbena or Lippia Citriodora. This is a wonderful plant with pretty white flowers in summer but the real attraction is its lemon scented leaves which discourage flies. It is a slightly tender plant though that needs some shelter over winter. Other plants include garlic or garlic chives, Chamomile, Artemesia, Pyrethrum and Feverfew. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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