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Aloysia citrodora which is also known as Lemon Verbena and Lemon Bee brush is a species of flowering plant.

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Aloysia citrodora which is also known as Lemon Verbena and Lemon Bee brush is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. This plant is a native of Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru.

It is a deciduous perennial aromatic shrub and herb that can grow up to a height of 25 feet (7.6 meters) or 3 to 7 meters. It has a scent of lemon and is sensitive to cold. The temperatures below zero degrees Celsius can affect the leaves. The leaves are lancet shaped and the flowers are tiny and in lavender color and white in color in late summer.

This is a culinary herb as well as a medicinal herb. The tea soothes spasms of stomach, calm nerves and reduces fevers. It is also used in perfumes, soaps and sachets.

The leaves are used to flavor fish and poultry dishes, vegetable marinades, salad dressings, jams, puddings, and beverages. It is used for making sorbets, herbal teas. The plant is used to derive essential oils.

The major constituents in this oil are citral (30-35%), nerol and geraniol.

Growing conditions for Aloysia Citrodora:
– This shrub can be grown outdoors in the warm temperatures.
– The plant requires hardiness zones 9 and 10.
– About 10 degrees Fahrenheit temperature is required for the plant.
– These plants can be propagated from cuttings.
– The cuttings should be taken in summer months and rooted.
– Plant them in moist soil.
– This plant needs full sun to partial shade.
– The plant cannot tolerate cooler regions.
– The plant needs fertile, humus-rich and well-drained soil.
– Add organic compost to the soil before planting.
– Space outdoor plants 12 inches apart.
– A mixture formulated for chrysanthemums or geraniums is ideal for the plant.

Care for Aloysia Citrodora
– Keep the soil moist but take care from becoming soggy.
– Frequent fertilization may be needed during the growing season.
– Feed with fish emulsion in summer.
– Protect the plant from heat in summer by apply a layer of grass clippings or leaf mold of about 2 or 3 inch layer.
– Prune in late fall or early winter and remove long and damaged and diseased branches.
– If growing in a pot, water the plant thoroughly to help the roots establish.

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