Lemon Verbena –
Aloysia triphylla is the perfect plant for anyone who loves lemon. While easily grown outside in the garden, it also grows well inside and provides a pleasing aroma wherever it is placed. Planted outside it can grow into a beautiful shrub, full of citrus.
Slice mature aloysia triphylla leaves to enhance any food dish with refreshing lemon. You can also fill a jar with the leaves, add water and set in the sun for a few hours to have a refreshing lemon tea. To one cup of hot water, add half a cup of leaves and steep to create a lemony tea.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Annual – Edible
Pick leaves as needed throughout the growing season. Fresh stems release their lemony fragrance when cut and placed in water. Harvest entire stems to use in flower arrangements or to create a lemon bouquet to scent air indoors. You can preserve leaves by hanging stems upside down in the dark and air drying, but this method diminishes the flavor somewhat. For the freshest, most pungent flavor, preserve lemon verbena leaves by processing 2 cups of leaves with 1/2-1 cup sugar in a food processor, mixing until it forms a paste. Freeze the paste in a thin layer in resealable bags. To serve, break off what you need and sprinkle over fruit, desserts, or into tea.