Verbena Lemongrass (Aloysia Triphylla) For Infusions



Lemongrass verbena (Aloysia triphylla or Aloysia citriodora or Lippia citriodora) is a perennial shrub with an elegant, light and graceful habit that will not withstand the cold except in regions with a mild climate since -4° C makes its stems disappear and -8° C annihilates its stump. This is understandable since lemongrass verbena comes from tropical regions of South America. It should not be confused with officinal verbena (Verbena officinalis) or with lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)!

Verbena Lemongrass (Aloysia triphylla) for infusions

Lemongrass verbena can be recognized by its long, very branched, woody stems with narrow elongated leaves, grouped around the stalk three times, a little rough to the touch, giving off a strong citrus odor when crumpled. She makes small white flowers in summer, which are bluish inside.

It is the leaves of lemon verbena that are sold under the name "verbena" in the radius of herbal teas and not those of verbena officinale. The leaves contain an aromatic essence rich in citral, cineol, limonene and geraniol.

Lemongrass verbena, also known as verbena perfume, has therapeutic properties digestive and sedative, especially in case of mild sleep disorders. On dry and sensitive skin, it has tonic effects.

In addition to herbal teas, lemongrass verbena is used to make a green liquor that is claimed to be digestive! It also perfumes exotic dishes as well as fruit salads and creams.

  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Type: aromatic perennial
  • Origin: South America
  • Color: White flowers
  • seedling : Yes
  • cutting: Yes
  • Planting: April May
  • Flowering: June to September
  • Height: 1 m (and much more in his home region)

Ideal soil and exposure for planting lemongrass verbena in a vegetable garden

Lemongrass verbena enjoys a poor soil, limestone, dry and well drained exposed in full sun.

Date of sowing, cutting and planting lemongrass verbena

The seedlings are hot in the spring before being potted in pots as soon as the plants have at least 4 leaves. Keep in the winter at 10° C before setting up in the spring.

Semi-woody cuttings are also made in August to be planted the following spring after a wintering period free from frost.

Citronella verbena is best planted in April-May by spacing the feet from 40 to 50 cm approximately.

Advice of care and culture of lemongrass verbena

Its culture is very easy, since the plant is protected from the gel: foot mulching and wintering veil. When the cold has passed and the spring is looming, remove the protections and cut the dry stems. Fold down to 40-50 cm so that the frame rebuilds. Put a little compost underfoot and straw.

During the summer, water regularly. Pinch the ends of the stems so that the verbena is bushy rather than blooming.

Harvest, conservation and use of lemongrass verbena

The leaves to be dried for preservation are harvested twice: in June, when the leaves are ash green and have a light fragrance, then in September when the leaves are dark green and emit a stronger odor. But you can harvest leaves as you need them to use them fresh in herbal tea or in the kitchen.

Against mosquitoes, it will have a repellent effect if you rub your arms with leaves.

Diseases, pests and parasites of lemongrass verbena

It can be attacked by aphids.

Verbena Lemongrass in the garden

Location and favorable association of lemongrass verbena

Plant lemongrass verbena near the house to enjoy its scent, the aromatic garden or in a pot to return during the winter.

You will find only the type species of lemongrass verbena (Aloysia triphylla or Aloysia citriodora or Lippia citriodora) rich of various botanical and vernacular names (verveine of Peru, verbena with three leaves...).


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