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Latin Name Aloysia citrodora
Type: Deciduous perenial shrub
Soil Type: Well drained soil
Where should I plant this variety? Full Sun
How tall does it grow? 2.5m
How much space does it need? 2.5m
When does it flower? Pale pink flowers, late summer.
Top care tips: Not fully hardy. Roots will require frost protection or plant moved to warmer location.
"Some Latin names for herbs are difficult to spell or pronounce. But in the case of Lemon Verbena or Aloysia citrodora we think that even the Latin name SMELLS amazing. This is seriously one of our favourite herbs guys. We often say that we are so lucky to have a product that looks and tastes phenomenal but the smell has a recharging quality to it. You can almost feel the sweet zingy energy coming from this plant. Did I get a bit carried away there? If I did I really don’t care. This plant is bloody awesome.
Lemon Verbena is a perennial herb that will benefit from some winter protection in the UK. It doesn’t enjoy frosts. It will enjoy being planted somewhere sunny and free draining. It is important to make sure that Lemon Verbena’s roots are not sitting in damp soil during the winter. Positioning your plant in a sunny, free draining position will yield the best productivity. And this is what growing herbs is all about. Not just allowing your herbs to survive but also thrive so that you can enjoy SO much beautiful flavour.
Regular pruning is also important to prevent the plant from going leggy. But that will not be an issue - you will be keen to harvest the delicious leaves.
What can use this herb for? Well it makes a fantastic herbal tea. It really does what it says on the tin. Lemon Verbena leaves produce a sweet and deep lemony flavour that just feels so soothing to us. Chefs that we work with have demonstrated that the leaves of lemon verbena can be used to season meat or even to stuff a fish. We just recommend planting it somewhere that you will brush by it often. While writing this paragraph I have decided that the planter we have outside our front door will be planted with Lemon Verbena next spring. Something delicious and fragrant to greet me every morning and welcome me home each night.
If you don’t already….. this is another herb that you NEED to grow."
Delivery options explained.
All herbs dispatched with Royal Mail first class delivery. This starts from £4.95 and ensures that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health.
If your plant is available on our surplus list it will be available as an option for immediate dispatch. We dispatch fresh herbs by first class Royal Mail delivery to ensure that they are not in the postal system for long. We will aim to dispatch orders at the beginning of the week following your order, on Monday or Tuesday of the week to ensure no delays over the weekend.
Herb plants are dispatched from April – August each year, but you can order the plants in advance all year round to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. Plants will be dispatched on a ‘first come first served’ basis as soon as they are ready. Some varieties will be available a little later in the year from May onwards, and we will aim to dispatch all herbs in one shipment once all the varieties are ready. We will update you on the estimated date of your delivery as soon as we know.
If you have a preferred month for delivery i.e. you are having a new garden installed or building work conducted, please contact us and we will make a note on your order to try our best to accommodate that request.