Information submited: June 27, 2014 Modified: March 12, 2018 By: OperaDreamhouse
Botanical Name: Lippia javanica
Common Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Part Typically Used: Leaves, stems, roots
Color: Clear yellow to reddish
Consistency: Thin / Thick
Perfumery Note: Medium / Top
Strength of Initial Aroma: Fruity and sweet.
It is also commonly referred to as "Verbena". This 1 to 2m high
woody shrub stands erect and is multi-stemmed. The stems have a square
appearance when looked at in cross-section. The leaves are hairy with
noticeable veins and when crushed gives off a strong lemon-like smell.
It is said to be one of the most aromatic of South Africa's
indigenous shrubs. The small cream flowers can be found on the shrub
from summer to autumn in some areas and in others are produced all year.
grows in open veld, in the bush, as well as on forest margins. It can
be grown from seed, but also grows easily from cuttings. It grows
relatively fast and prefers sunny areas. Lemon Bush is not very
particular and seems to do well in most soil types. It is known to
colonise disturbed areas, making it a pioneer plant. These plants are
usually very hardy and can grow under difficult circumstances, requiring