Lippia asperifolia Rchb.
Lippia dulcis Trevir.
Phyla dulcis (Trevir.) Moldenke
Zappania scaberrima Juss. ex Pers.
Common Name: Aztec Sweet Herb
Aztec sweet herb is a strongly-scented, erect or decumbent perennial plant, rarely growing to 40cm tall with stems that often root at the lower nodes[
The plant is sometimes cultivated for its sweet-tasting leaves, it is also said to be much used in domestic medicine in Central America[
Northern S. America - Venezuela and Colombia, through Central America to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Damp thickets and waste ground, wooded river banks, borders of ponds, or in open clearings and pastures, from sea level to elevations of 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Succeeds in full sun in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil[
The leaves have an aromatic, intensely sweet flavour[
]. They can be added to salads, or used as a flavouring[
]. Often, they are just chewed by people who enjoy their intense sweetness[
]. The leaves can also be used as a sweetener in teas and other beverages[
The liquorice-flavoured roots are chewed[
The dried leaves, which contain essential oils, are demulcent and expectorant[
]. They are used in the treatment of bronchial ailments, particularly whooping cough[
An essential oil obtained from the plant contains the very sweet sesquiterpenoid hernandulcin, but the potential use for sweetening purposes is limited, because the main constituent of the oil is the toxic compound camphor[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood.
Basal or nodal cuttings of softwood
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