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Lippia alba (L. geminata)
Bushy lippia is widely cultivated in the tropics and widespread in the West Indies, Mexico, South America and California. In Texas it can be found in moist soils in woods, along drainage ditches, river banks and dry creeks in Hidalgo and Cameron counties to Wharton county, along the lower Rio Grande drainage from Zapata to Brownsville. It is a small to medium size shrub with slender branches bearing aromatic, pubescent, ovate to oblong, serrate leaves with a purple to violet, pink or white inflorescence in the upper leaf axils. Lower basal branches can become long rooting suckers. In tropical America a medicinal tea is prepared from the leaves to induce sweat; also used as an anti-spasmodic, menstrual aid and stomach tonic.
Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
Exposure: partial sun
Flower Color: white, violet, purple
Fruit Characteristics: small, dry, crustaceous pericarp
Height: to 6 feet
Width: 2 to 3 feet
Heat Tolerance: high
Soil Requirements: adaptable