Fact sheet: Sweet Almond Bush
Scientific name: Aloysia virgata
This sweetly fragrant, vigorous, drought-tolerant, upright-growing tree/shrub is from Argentina. It produces spiked flower clusters with small white almond-scented flowers. With an extended bloom period from spring through fall, this shrub is a good nectar source for butterflies. The branches of “Almond Verbena” have a slightly weeping growth habit.
In northern Florida, this plant will freeze back, but will regrow as a 3’ – 4’ shrub. If grown in ideal conditions in our area, it may reach 15 feet tall as a woody shrub or small tree. Dead- heading of spent flowers will not be needed, but for best results, pruning the shrub between bloom cycles is recommended for denser growth to overcome a leggy habit.
Sold at Nassau County Master Gardener Plant Sale