Information about Aloysia citrodora

Aloysia citrodora, also known as lemon verbena, is a species of perennial shrub belonging to the Verbenaceae family. It is native to South America but is widely cultivated in other parts of the world for its fragrant leaves, which are used in cooking, tea, and traditional medicine.

The plant grows up to 3 meters tall and has lance-shaped, glossy green leaves with a lemony scent. It produces clusters of small white or pale pink flowers in late summer or early autumn. The leaves contain essential oils, including citral, limonene, and geraniol, which give it its distinctive lemon fragrance.

Lemon verbena has a long history of use in traditional medicine to treat digestive problems, fever, anxiety, and insomnia. It is also used topically as a natural insect repellent and to soothe skin irritations. In culinary applications, the leaves are used to flavor beverages, desserts, and savory dishes.

Lemon verbena is easy to grow and can be propagated by stem cuttings or seeds. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11 but can be grown in colder climates as an annual or container plant.