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Lippia Alba – a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae.

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Overview of Lippia Alba

• Lippia Alba is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae.
• This species is native to southern Texas in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
• Common names include:
– Bushy Matgrass
– Bushy Lippia
– Hierba Negra
– Pitiona
• It is a multi-branched shrub.
• It can grow up to a height of 1.5 m (4.9 ft).
• Its leaves measure 1 to 3 cm (0.39 to 1.2 in) in length and 0.9 to 2 cm (0.35 to 0.79 in) in width.
• They appear opposite or in threes.
• Flowers are white, pink, or light blue-purple in color.
• The corollas form on spikes that are 2 cm (0.79 in) long.
• Bushy Lippia is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
• It is known for its aromatic foliage and beautiful flowers.
• The leaves are used for flavoring foods.

The plant is used medicinally for its properties that are:
• Somatic
• Sedative
• Antidepressant
• Analgesic

Scientific Classification for Lippia Alba

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Asterids
• Order: Lamiales
• Family: Verbenaceae
• Genus: Lippia
• Species: L. alba

Growing/Caring conditions for Lippia Alba

• 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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