Aloysia Triphylla - Lippia Citriodora
Lemon Verbena is not very hardy and must be placed under cover to
protect it from the Winter frosts after cutting back in the Autumn to
shape up the plant. Needing a warm, well drained and moist spot it
should be pruned again in the Spring to remove any dead tips
and encourage new growth otherwise the new growth will appear at the
top of the old woody stems making it straggly. Being very tender it can be late sprouting
new leaves and can be as late as mid-May before producing the tender
new growth that is best suited for the kitchen.
leaves are best finely chopped, as they are quite coarse, before being
used in the kitchen as an infusion in, oil, vinegar or water to
flavour sauces. In France Lemon Verbena is often used to make lemon
flavoured tea called "Tisane de vervain." It is said that
drying the leaves can concentrate the flavour.
Lemon Verbena does not grow very large so will happily grow in a tub
and this will enable the plant to be placed in a cool greenhouse over
Winter for protection from the worst of the cold nights. Plants can
readily be bought from garden centres, but root fairly easily, from
softwood cuttings, or more mature growth later in the season.