days to maturity:
plant spacing: 4 square feet per plant
sunlight requirement: 6 - 14 hours
look out for:
harvest notes: harvest leaves when needed by pruning the tip, it will promote bushy growth
Lippia Alba is a much beloved medicinal plant that grows throughout South & Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and because of its long standing prevalence in so many countries it goes by about 100 names! In the South Florida medicinal community we just refer to it by its latin name, and because it grows so well its become quite popular with local tropical herbalists. The plant grows to be a small shrub and if left wild has quite a rangy growth pattern, but it can be pruned when harvested to keep it more compact. For an explanation of medicinal properties and uses check out this profile of the plant compiled by the Florida School of Holistic Living, its super comprehensive. The leaves has a lemony scent and flavor when used in tea, and in parts of Oaxaca its an ingredient in Mole sauce.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here.
When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.
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