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Lippia Javanica

   (Family: Verbenaceae)
Afrikaans: beukesbossie, KoorsbossieBeukesbossie English: Fever tea, Lemon Bush Xhosa: umSuzwane Zulu: musukudu  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 2m
Spread: 0.5 - 1m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Flower scent EDIT
  Lemon scented
  Flower info
  These flowers are arranged in dense, rounded flower heads.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Hairy
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf scent
  Lemon scented
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are hairy with noticeable veins and when crushed gives off a strong lemon-like smell.
Small, inconspicuous and dry
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
woody shrub stands erect and is multi-stemmed. The stems have a square appearance when looked at in cross-section.
Growing EDIT
It can be grown from seed, but also grows easily from cuttings. It grows relatively fast and prefers sunny areas. Lemon Bush is not very particular and seems to do well in most soil types.
Distribution EDIT
These plants are widespread throughout parts of South Africa, with the exception of the Western Cape.
History EDIT
This herb is also said to be affective against fever, especially in cases of malaria, influenza, measles, and as a prophylactic against lung infections.

The smoke from the herb has proven to be affective, if inhaled, against asthma, chronic coughs and pleurisy. The leaves and stems are burned
Ecology EDIT
its aromatic leaves protect this plant as animals do not usually browse it.
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