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Lemon Verbena


Aloysia triphylla

Vigorous habit and amazing lemon scented leaves

The lemon scent from the crushed leaves of this shrubby verbena will make your taste buds tingle. In later summer delicate clusters of pale pink flowers appear amongst the slender leaves.


Needs some protection from frost so best in a sunny border or against a sunny wall for protection. Ideal for a container which can be moved to a frost free location in winter.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 17th century from Argentina and Chile.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering July - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 175 cm - 250 cm
Plant width 190 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - November

Typically available

From April to September