Aloysia triphylla (Lemon Verbena)
A rapidly growing elegant shrub that grows 8-10 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide. Pinch the tips of the stems to keep it bushy. White flowers bloom in late spring. Pruning should take place after the branches have budded and you can tell which branches are dead. If you wait too long, the old dead branches become a tangled mess with new branches and it becomes much harder to prune. It has a lemon scent and is used for culinary purposes; dried leaves can be used in potpourris and sachets.
- Plant in full sun
- Best in moist well draining soil
- Hardy up to 30 degrees
- Native to South America