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Almond Verbena

Aloysia virgata

Lipia, Incense Bush, Sweet Almond

About This Plant

Full sun. Deciduous, with coarse leaves. White flowers appear in warm weather. Calling this plant a butterfly magnet is an understatement — in summer it attracts endless swarms of pollinators with a gentle vanilla/almond fragrance that can suffuse the whole block. The name “incense bush” is well-earned. Almond verbena is upright and fast-growing. For a native shrub version, try Aloysia gratissima (whitebrush).

Origins: Argentina

Maintenance

Occasional pruning; it can be grown as a large bush or, on its own, a small tree. Some landscapers restart it from the ground every winter to control its size.

The sweet vanilla fragrance is a butterfly magnet.

Min. Height: 10'

Max Height: 15 feet'

Min. Width: 10'

Max Width: 15 feet'

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