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Lippia alba

Bushy lippia

Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)

Lippia alba (Bushy lippia)

This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Native Habitat: Stream/river banks, Open woodlands

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam Medium Loam, Clay Loam Clay


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Accent tree or shrub, Blooms ornamental
Use Wildlife: Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-hummingbirds, Seeds-granivorous birds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Lippia alba is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Rustic sphinx
(Manduca rustica)

Food Source
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Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak
(Strymon bazochii)

Larval Host
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Last Update: 2007-01-01