HERB-LVERB-1-5Regular price $15.00
Lemon Verbena has a wonderful citrusy smell and flavour. This small shrub/tree is perfect for a courtyard or scented garden and a good candidate for bonsai. Use the fragrant leaves to make herbal tea, or to flavour fish and chicken dishes.
Urban Bounty Lemon Verbena plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.
About Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora, Lemon Beebrush)?
Lemon Verbena is a tender perennial herb, native to Peru and Argentina. Its aromatic narrow green leaves and pale lavender/white blossoms are a 'must have' in scented and cottage gardens. They look fabulous in a large patio pot too.
In the upper North Island, Lemon Verbena can be trained to grow up to 1.8 metres tall and 2.4 metres wide, or pruned to keep it compact. This deciduous plant loses its leaves in winter, and comes away in late Spring - Summer.
Culinary Uses - Lemon Verbena
Lemon Verbena leaves taste intensely of citrus, without the sourness. It is perfect for tea making. You can dry the leaves to store in airtight containers for use over winter.
Lemon Verbena pairs well with chicken and fish, and adds punchy freshness to fruit salad and fruit-based desserts. The chopped leaves make a good herb butter to accompany tender Asparagus.
Our Lemon Verbena plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.
Growing Conditions - Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora, Lemon Beebrush)
This herb flourishes in the warmth, shelter and sun. It prefers rich, slightly acidic but free draining soil. Companion plant Lemon Verbena with Dill, Coriander, Basil, Marigold and Garlic. Plant or repot in late spring, leaving 30 - 45 cm of growing space.
Lemon Verbena doesn't do well in wind, and its roots don't tolerate heavy frost. Move potted Lemon Verbena to a warm spot over winter, or mulch to protect the roots if planted directly in the garden.
Lemon Verbena likes regular water when first planted, but it doesn't like 'soggy feet' and is moderately drought tolerant once established. Feed with worm or seaweed tea over spring and summer.
Lemon Verbena can get 'leggy' if left untamed. To encourage bushier growth, pinch out tips regularly, and trim it by one quarter after the first flush of blossoms is spent. In spring, prune to desired shape if you are aiming to grow it into a feature tree/bush.