Monday, February 23, 2009

Backhousia citriodora ,Lemon Myrtle



Backhousia citriodora, Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle leaves have become a familiar and mainstream additive to a diverse range of products such as marinades, teas, yoghurt and soap. In its native habitat of Queensland ,it grows as a tall rainforest tree but is adaptable to a range of climates and can be sheared as a hedge plant or grown in a container. It makes a good pot plant if you want to have a few leaves on hand close to the kitchen .As a young plant it can be a bit straggly with a very open habit but soon becomes more compact with regular tip pruning. It is really one of those essential garden plants as you can never get tired of crushing a few leaves in your hand to release that warm citrus aroma.


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