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A spike of small purple and white flowers
aloysia citriodora
Aloysia citriodora (Lemon Verbena)

Native to Southern South America. A shrub with elongated, lance-shaped edible leaves that release a strong citrusy aroma when crushed. Lemon Verbena is valued not only for its pleasant fragrance but also for its culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The aromatic quality makes it a popular ingredient in teas, culinary dishes, desserts, and even perfumes. The plant also has a history of traditional medicinal use, with some cultures using it as a remedy for digestive issues, insomnia, and anxiety. Cultivate between 700 and 8,300 feet in Colombia. Photographed in Bogotá, Colombia.

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