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Aloysia citriodora

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Aloysia triphylla
  • Lippia citriodora
  • Verbena citriodora
  • Verbena triphylla
Phonetic Spelling
al-OY-see-ah try-FYE-lah
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Potpourris; herb pillows; lemon flavoring for drinks, salads, and jellies.  Pruning tips will lead to a shrubbier form. Citradora means lemon-scented.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems. Aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs and spider mites are occasional problems.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#full sun#fragrant flowers#lavender#container plant#fragrant leaves#sensory#edible garden#walkway planting#patio planting#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#full sun#fragrant flowers#lavender#container plant#fragrant leaves#sensory#edible garden#walkway planting#patio planting#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Aloysia
    Species:
    citriodora
    Family:
    Verbenaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Culinary, perfume, cosmetics, herbal remedies
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Bolivia to NW. Argentina
    Edibility:
    Teas, desserts, fruit salads and jams
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Herb
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    July to September
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    In groups of three,
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Garden for the Blind
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Stomach upset, colic. No concerns if small amounts used in cooking or as a flavoring agent.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Essential oils
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No