Aloysia triphylla

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles


Common Names

  • Lemon-scented Verbena


  • Verbena triphyyla L'Hérit.
  • Aloysia citrodora Ortega ex Pers., nom. illegit.
  • Lippia citrodora (Ortega) H.B.K.

Other species in genus


    Lying flat against an object.
    (pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
    The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
    Bearing glands.
    midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.


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    Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

    A deciduous shrub (naturally a small tree), reaching in the southern parts of the British Isles 10 to 15 ft or more in height; young shoots angular. Leaves mostly in threes, very fragrant, lance-shaped; usually 3 to 4 in. long, 12 to 78 in. wide; wedge-shaped at the base, taper-pointed, not toothed; both surfaces glandular, especially the upper one, pale green; margins set with appressed bristles. The veins are parallel, springing at right angles from the midrib. Flowers numerous, small, pale purple, produced in August in slender, terminal, stalked, downy panicles, 3 to 5 in. high; corolla tubular, 16 in. long, downy, as is also the cylindrical, toothed calyx.

    Native of Chile; introduced in 1784. Near London this well-known shrub needs the protection of a wall, and is often grown in cold conservatories for the pleasant lemon-like scent of the leaves. In the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands it becomes a large bush without any protection. Easily increased by summer cuttings.


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