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Lippia citriodora, Aloysia citriodora, Verbena citriodora, Verbena triphylla, Lemon-scented verbena, lemon Luisa

Lippia citriodora, Aloysia citriodora, Verbena citriodora, Verbena triphylla

Lemon-scented verbena, lemon Luisa
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: South America (Chile and Perú)
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Lemon verbena has an unusually pure, fruity lemon, note it is more intense than many other lemon-scented herbs. The genus name Aloysia, now also obsolescent, was allegedly given in honour of Maria Luisa Teresa de Parma (1751-1819), wife of king Carlos IV of Spain. The shrub can grow to 5 feet in height and has long narrow leaves which are highly scented smelling of lemon. It will bloom in late summer the flowers being tiny and white or lilac in color. Soil can be poor but needs a sheltered warm place and will need protecting during the cold weather. Lemon Verbena is an herbal medicine used to treat asthma, colds, fever, gas, stomach upset, and diarrhea. Lemon Verbena can be used in fruit dishes, jellies, punches, added to baked custard or home made ice cream. The leaves dry very well and can be used to make a mildly sedative tea. The leaves can also be put among linen and in pot-pourri, make an infusion of the leaves and add to your bath. An infusion is also said to be good for cleaning the teeth.





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Nashia inaguensis, Moujean Tea, Bahamas Berry, Pineapple Verbena

Nashia inaguensis

Moujean Tea, Bahamas Berry, Pineapple Verbena
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Caribbean
Can be used for bonsaiGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunKeep soil moistWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Evergreen shrub, native to the east Caribbean islands, in particular the island of Inagua in the Bahamas, after which the species is named. In its native environment, the plant crawls along sunny, rocky outcroppings, semi-protected from steady high winds.

It is often used as a bonsai plant due to its miniaturized features. Tiny white flowers are borne in clusters in summer. The flowers form in clusters and are followed by reddish orange berries. It prefers full sun, warmth and high humidity. Even a brief spell of dryness can kill the plant. Wants to be consistently moist to wet and never, never dry. Another name is "I Dry-I Die" - unlike many tropicals that can be brought back from the brink of a dead wilt. Bahama berry likes it hot. If grown indoors it will appreciate warm feet during winter (try a heat mat).

It can be propagated from cuttings, preferably in the spring and early summer during warm nights. A decoction of the fragrant leaves, variously described as having the scent and flavor of citrus, vanilla, or pineapple, is used as an herbal tea.

Tiny dense fragrant foliage scented of pineapple when brushed. A good choice for a small topiary or bonsai.





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Nashia inaguensis - Moujean Tea, Bahamas Berry

Moujean Tea, Bahamas Berry, Pineapple Verbena. Evergreen shrub, native to the island of Inagua in the Bahamas. It is often used as a bonsai plant due to its miniaturized features. Tiny white flowers are borne in clusters in summer. It prefers full sun, warmth and high humidity. Wants to be consistently moist to wet and never, never dry. If grown indoors it will appreciate warm feet during winter (try a heat mat). A decoction of the fragrant leaves, variously described as having the scent and flavor of citrus, vanilla, or pineapple, is used as an herbal tea.
A good choice for a small topiary or bonsai.

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Verbena sp., Verbena

Verbena sp.

Verbena
Family: Verbenaceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Garden Verbenas are a large group of hybrids, with mainly Verbena peruviana and Verbena platensis in their parentage. They grow well in desert dry summer heat, they tend to get mildew in more humid weathers. They are good bedding and edge plant, in hot desert locations, they also make a good ground cover.





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Aloysia gratissima, Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, Beebrush

Aloysia gratissima, Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides

Whitebrush, Beebrush
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Mexico, South America
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Slender, densely branched deciduous shrub, 3 to 10 feet tall, 8 feet in spread. Fragrant foliage. White to yellow flowers appear in spring to fall with strong vanilla scent. 1 to 3 inch spikes. Flowers attractive to butterflies and bees. This is a honey plant. Aloysia gratissima is toxic to horses.

Low water use, drought tolerant, tolerates poorly drained soils.



Aloysia gratissima, Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, Beebrush
Aloysia gratissima, Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, Beebrush
Aloysia gratissima, Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, Beebrush
Aloysia gratissima, Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, Beebrush


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Aloysia virgata, Sweet Almond Bush, Incense Bush
It can grow into a 10 ft tree if left untrimmed

Aloysia virgata

Sweet Almond Bush, Incense Bush
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Mexico, South America
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Slender, densely branched deciduous shrub that can grow up to 10 feet tall, 8 feet in spread. Fragrant foliage. White to yellow flowers appear in spring to fall with strong almond scent.

The plant is very fast growing especially when planted in the ground, providing full sun and good watering. It needs good drainage and doesn't like waterlogged conditions. In a pot, it can be kept as a compact specimen.





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Aloysia virgata - Almond Bush

Almond Bush, White flowers have strong almond scent.
Slender, densely branched deciduous shrub, 3 to 10 feet tall, 8 feet in spread. Fragrant foliage. White to yellow flowers appear in spring to fall with strong almond scent. attractive to butterflies and bees. This is a honey plant. Low water use, drought tolerant.

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Callicarpa americana, American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana

American Beautyberry
Family: Lamiaceae   (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: North America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The beautyberries are packed tightly together in clusters that encircle the stem. Variety lactea has white fruits. Spring flowers and beautiful fall fruit make this an attractive landscape plant.

Very adaptable, even to low fertility soils. Very drought tolerant. Requires well drained soil. Propagation: Seeds and semi-hardwood cuttings.





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Callicarpa bodinieri, Bodinier's Beautyberry
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'

Callicarpa bodinieri

Bodinier's Beautyberry
Family: Lamiaceae   (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: West and Central China
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Callicarpa bodinieri is an upright deciduous shrub with dark green leaves turning red in autumn (fall). In midsummer, small lilac flowers are produced in the leaf axils. But it is grown in gardens primarily for its small, decorative purple berries in tight clusters in autumn.





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Callicarpa japonica, Japanese Beautyberry, Murasaki Shikibu

Callicarpa japonica

Japanese Beautyberry, Murasaki Shikibu
Family: Lamiaceae   (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Japan
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Callicarpa japonica, Japanese Beautyberry, Murasaki Shikibu
Callicarpa japonica, Japanese Beautyberry, Murasaki Shikibu
Callicarpa japonica, Japanese Beautyberry, Murasaki Shikibu


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Callicarpa sp., Beautyberry
Callicarpa acuminata

Callicarpa sp.

Beautyberry
Family: Lamiaceae   (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersDeciduousSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The temperate species are deciduous, the tropical species evergreen.

Japanese Beautyberry (C. japonica) and Bodinier Beautyberry (C. bodinieri) are very similar in appearance to American Beautyberry. C. japonica can be used for bonsai.





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Citharexylum caudatum, Juniper Berry, Fiddlewood

Citharexylum caudatum

Juniper Berry, Fiddlewood
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

It is a beautiful small tree with long tassels of richly scented white flowers. Flowers are pendant and cover the tree from spring to fall. Foliage is dark green, shiny, ornamental. Easy to grow, nice landscaping tree. Great butterfly and bee attractor.



Citharexylum caudatum, Juniper Berry, Fiddlewood
Citharexylum caudatum, Juniper Berry, Fiddlewood
Citharexylum caudatum, Juniper Berry, Fiddlewood


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