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Limoncina, Cedrina - Lippia citriodora

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Generalities Cedrina

Originally from Southwest America, Lippia citriodora (or Cedrina) includes 120 species of herbaceous plants and semi-virus shrubs with deciduous leaves and delicate flowers. The species can be planted in the open 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 in height and a diameter of 1.2 m. It is a is a light green lanceolate deciduous shrub, which give off a perfume similar to that of lemon balm and lemongrass; In the kitchen they are used in 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 to drink in the evening. The perfume given off by the leaves can last for years and are therefore an excellent ingredient for potpourri.


Exposure

Limoncina, also known by the name of Cedrina or Lippia citriodora, to grow at its best it needs sunny exposure and sheltered from cold winds and colder temperatures, preferably against a wall facing south. It does not tolerate low temperatures and harsh winters, therefore when the climate approaches 0 ° it must be positioned in sheltered places or covered with a suitable sheet. In colder regions it is advisable to grow it in containers that will be transported indoors in the autumn, otherwise place plastic sheets around the plants so that they do not come into contact with the branches. In warm climate areas they can be grown outdoors, while in colder areas plants must be protected.

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