Aztec sweet herb - Lippia dulcis


  • Height: Grows to 40cm
  • Type: Tender
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Any / Alkaline
  • Flower colour: white
  • Flowering period: From June - August

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Lippia Dulcis or Aztec sweet herb is native to Central America and Mexico. It is a fast and low growing ground and sends out runners much like mint. In this country it isn’t winter hardy. It has small white flowers which appear in June. The plant contains an intensely sweet compound called hemandulcin which makes the leaves sweeter than sugar, but as they also contain a high level of camphor, some people find it gives an unappealing aftertaste. It was used to treat coughs, colds, bronchitis and colic.