Fresh vervain bouquet on white background

By September 14, 2017Articles

Fresh vervain bouquet on white background

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Verbena plants aren’t just ornamental additions to the garden. Many types have a long history of use both in the kitchen and medicinally. Lemon verbena is a powerful herb used to add a citrusy touch to tea and other beverages, jams and jellies, fish and meat dishes, sauces, salads, and even butter. The lemony flavor, along with the attractive appearance and delightful scent, makes lemon verbena a worthy addition to the herb garden. Additionally, the leaves of some vervain plants (also known as verbena) are used medicinally, such as for poultices to relieve bruises or other mild skin conditions. Harvesting verbena plants is easy, and you can use the leaves either fresh or dried. Read on and we’ll tell you more about verbena harvesting in the garden. When to Harvest Verbena Harvesting verbena plants occurs throughout the spring and summer growing

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