Aloysia virgata is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Native to Mexico and South America, Aloysia virgata (Sweet Almond Bush) is a large shrub that can reach heights of 5-10 feet tall. This plant prefers to be grown in full sun or semi-shade, with a moderate amount of water. Its fragrant, white to off-white flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. It makes a great addition to any garden, with the bonus of a lovely scent.
Aloysia virgata is a fast-growing shrub, requiring very little care for best performance. In order to maintain its appearance and shape, it is important to prune it back periodically. It is also possible to grow it as a potted plant in cold regions, as long as the plant is given careful growing and care instructions.
For successfully growing Aloysia virgata in a pot in cold climates, the container must have good drainage to prevent waterlogging, and should be brought indoors when temperatures reach the mid 30s F. It is important to note that the pot should be large enough to accommodate the rate of growth of the plant. The soil must include compost or mulch for nutrients, and the soil should be kept consistently moist but not overly wet. During the winter, the soil needs to also be mulched to help ensure insulation from extreme cold temperatures.
Aloysia virgata is a beautiful and fragrant shrub that can provide near year-round beauty to any home garden. With proper care and maintenance, it can thrive in full sun or partial shade, and in a wide range of climates and soils.