Limoncina, Cedrina - Lippia citriodora

Limoncina, Cedrina - Lippia citriodora

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Generalities Cedrina

Native to south-western America, Lippia citriodora (or Cedrina) includes 120 species of herbaceous plants and semi-rustic shrubs with deciduous leaves and delicate flowers. The species can be planted in the ground only in regions with a mild winter climate, in other regions it must be cultivated in pots, in sheltered places during the winter. There limoncina it can reach 1,50 m of height and a diameter of 1,2 m. It is a is a shrub with light green lanceolate deciduous leaves, which give off a scent similar to that of melissa and citronella; In the kitchen they are used with moderation to give lemon flavor to food, in medicine they are curative in case of flatulence and indigestion, they can also be used as sedatives and to prepare herbal teas for drinking in the evening. The scent given off by the leaves can last for years and is therefore an excellent ingredient for potpourri.


The limoncina, also known with the name of Cedrina or Lippia citriodora, to grow at its best, requires sunny exposure and sheltered from cold winds and from the most rigid temperatures, preferably against a south-facing wall. It does not tolerate low temperatures and cold winters, so when the climate approaches 0 ° it must be positioned in sheltered places or covered with a special cloth. In colder regions it is advisable to cultivate it in containers that will be transported inside in the autumn, otherwise arrange plastic sheets around the plants so that they do not come into contact with the branches. In warm climate zones they can be grown outdoors, while in colder areas plants must be protected.


The land where the is cultivated limoncina it must be well drained and sandy. Watering must be abundant from May to October, always frequent so that the soil is never dry, on the contrary, in winter it must be just damp. It is important to avoid possible water stagnation. Regarding the optimal growth of lemon verbena, administer a complete fertilizer between April and August.

Multiplication and collection

For those who want to reproduce the plant, in the month of July it is possible to take from the branches and stem cuttings of about eight centimeters, which are planted in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts. The rooted cuttings are planted in the following May.
As for the collection of the limoncina, this is to be done in summer when the plant flowers. The leaves should be dried in a cool and shaded place. Store them in a glass jar: they will keep their scent for at least three years. The dried Lippia citriodora leaves can in fact be used to prepare beverages such as herbal teas, tea, herbal liqueurs or to flavor dishes.

Limoncina, Cedrina - Lippia citriodora: Pests and diseases

The plant is not particularly subject to the attack of pests and diseases. In any case, if the tips of leaves and shoots wither means that the plant suffers from drought.
It is important to keep the soil well drained because water stagnation causes the leaves to turn yellow.


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  2. Voodoosho

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  3. Baylen

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