A large bushy shrub with strong lemon scented narrow leaves. Bears sprays of small white flowers in summer. Dried leaves can be used for tea and in cooking with fish, poultry, salad dressings and puddings. Medicinal.
Shrub. H:2m W:2m. 12cm, 17cm.
In the garden
• Perennial, Deciduous, Frost hardy.
• ± 3m; Spread: ± 2m.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Pick fresh leaves throughout the year.
Use Lemon Verbena leaves and flowers where a lemony flavour is required:
• Fish, Poultry,
• Apple jelly, Cakes, Marinades, Salad dressings, Desserts, Sorbets,
• Tea, Summer drinks,
• Infusion for finger bowls.
• The strong, uplifting lemon fragrance makes a popular component of herb potpourris, sachet fillings, and herb pillows.
Lemon Verbena may be beneficial in the following cases:
• Mildly sedative.
• Acne, Boils, Cysts.
• Bronchial and nasal congestion.
• Indigestion, Flatulence, Stomach cramps, nausea.
Preparation and dosage:
• Infuse a tablespoon of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water, and let it stand for 10-15 minutes.
• Long-term use of large amounts of leaf may cause stomach irritations.