Lemon Verbena Plant (Aloysia citriodora) in Bloom

Plant with bright white-lavender blossoms on purple stalk, with long, narrow, opposite spearlike leaves, in lush, green settingView Full Resolution

This photo shows the blooms and inflorescence of a lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora) plant. The most striking thing I notice about this plant is the contrast between the dark purple stems and the bright green leaves and pale white-lavender flowers.

Note also the characteristic spear-like shape of the leaves: simple, long, and straight, coming to a sharp point. The leaves are arranged oppositely around the stems. Lemon verbena also has a distinctive texture to the leaves: the leaves are somewhat stiff and exhibit wrinkles as the side veins meet the central vein of each leaf.

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Alex Zorach

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