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Lippia Adoensis is a species belonging to genus Verbenaceae.

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Lippia is a genus of flowering plants and it belongs to the verbena family Verbenaceae. Lippia adoensis or Koseret leaves is a species that belongs to this genus.

Overview of Lippia adoensis or Koseret leaves

• Koseret is used as traditional medicine in Zimbabwe.
• It is used for stomach cramps and other ailments.
• Koseret is used to make Niter Kibe which is Ethiopian seasoned butter.
• It is also used as an ingredient in many traditional Ethiopian dishes.
• Koseret is typically used as a spice.
• It is combined with a plethora of other African spice mixes.
• It is used throughout the continent.
• It is added most commonly to stews.
• It offers a delicate lemon scent and flavor.
• An extract of koseret is also used as an ingredient for hand and body moisturizers.
• It is considered to have anti microbial properties.
• Lippia has numerous branched stems up to 1 m long.
• It has the ability to root at nodes along the stems.
• It provides a solid mat-like ground cover.
• Flowers appear any time from spring to autumn.
• The flowers are small, 5 – 10 mm in diameter.
• The flowers are lilac or pinkish in color.

Growing/Caring conditions for Lippia adoensis or Koseret leaves

• Plant Lippia in the sunniest spot in the garden.
• This perennial prefers all-day sun.
• It needs well-drained soil on the dry side.
• Purchase seedlings from a local nursery, as the plant grows poorly from seed.
• Place the Lippia seedlings 1/8-inch deep into soil after all danger of frost has passed.
• Each plant should have at least 8 inches of elbow room.
• Weed the area regularly.
• Apply an 8-inch thick layer of hay over the bed to protect against weed growth.
• Harvest fresh Lippia for use through the season.
• Cut the remainder of the plant when small white flowers appear.
• Hang clumps of the herb in a warm, dark room until dry.
• Use only the crumbled leaves in cooking.
• Store the unused leaves in an airtight container.
• Discard the stems.
• Italian Lippia grows well in containers.
• Lippia is a deterrent to some types of garden pests and can aid in controlling them naturally.
• Lippia plants can be cultivated in part shade.
• If growing from seeds, plant seeds 1/4-inch deep.
• Plant nursery stock about 18 inches apart.
• If you have planted from seed, thin established seedlings to 12 inches apart.
• Harvest your Lippia in mid-spring, just before the flowers open.
• Cut off the top 6 inches of the stem and remove the leaves.
• Make sure to remove the mulch in early spring.
• Propagate Lippia in mid-spring by dividing plants during peak growth, before flowers appear.

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