Lemon verbena is a small shrub which is used as a herb. It has a typical lemon flavor. The leaves are used to make herbal tea or to flavor fish, poultry, salad dressings, jams, puddings, tea, etc. Lemon verbena can also be used in potpourri.
Verbena de Indias
Verveine du Pérou
Basic information and facts
South America, Chili, Peru
Cultivated as a kitchen herb in temperate climates.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Lemon verbena is a perennial shrub.
The plant bears small pale pinkish-violet or white flowers.
The pointed glossy leaves are about 8 cm long. When crushed the leaves emit a strong lemon scent.
Climate and weather:
Lemon verbena grows in temperate climates.
Grows as a shrub which can be 2 to 3 meters tall.
Usually propagated from stem cuttings.
Leaves are picked by hand.
Used as a herbal tea or to add lemon flavor to normal tea. As a herb it is used in recipes to add lemon flavor, for example in poultry and fish dishes, or in desserts. Dried leaves are used in potpourri.