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Lemon bush

Lippia javanica

Fever tea (Eng.), Koorsbossie, Beukesbossie, Lemoenbossie (Afr)

Lemon bush is a must for the medicinal herb gardener, it is used by many African tribes in traditional healing, taken as teas, lotions, even burning to inhale the smoke, which is the quickest way to get exposed to healing properties!

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Stems and leaves are harvested as needed, but best during summer and autumn.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in situ in spring and early summer.
Cuttings
Take 5-8cm apical shoot tip cuttings in spring. Semi-hardwood cuttings root the best. Use rooting hormone to help!

Special features

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, from Eastern Cape northwards, Botswana, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya.
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Taken for numerous ailments, coughs, colds, bronchial problems, fever, heat rashes, stings and bites.

Personality

Family
Verbenaceae
Flower colour
Creamy white
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

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