Backhousia Citriodora "Lemon Myrtle" Seeds
** not available to WA, Tasmania or International buyers.
Backhousia Citriodora (frm the Myrtaceae family) used to be known in forestry literature as lemon ironwood but in modern uses in foods or drinks etc. it is mostly now called lemon myrtle (lemon ironbark is a different species, Eucalyptus staigeriana, which also contains citral, but not as strongly as in lemon myrtle). B.citriodora is best propagated from cuttings, which may be slow to strike. Seed is difficult to germinate. Lemon myrtle is a popular plant in cultivation and has been successfully grown in cooler districts provided it can be protected from frost when young. In its natural habitat it can reach 20 metres in height but is often smaller. In cultivation it rarely exceeds about 5 metres.
White flowers occur in clusters at the ends of the branches in summer through to autumn. Although the flowers are attractive, B.citriodora is grown more for the lemon fragrance of the foliage. However, the species is known to have at least two chemical forms, and their respective aromatic essential oils (which give the aroma and flavour) are richer either in citral or its close chemical relative citronella. The citral form seems to be much more common and this form is the one selected and grown for its sweet lemon-type perfume and flavour. When crushed, the leaves emit a very strong aroma which would rival any member of the citrus family. Leaves can be used fresh, dried or dried & ground. They can be used in a range of products such as chicken and fish, pork and seafood dishes, biscuits, muffins, cheese cakes, hot and cold beverages. Lemon myrtle essential oil is used in cosmetics, soaps, deodorants and room sprays. The essential oil has been shown to be an antimicrobial agent and has powerful antifungal activities.
*****Please note: We do NOT sell live plants at all!! Quarantine restrictions and inspection fees prohibit the sale of seeds to Western Australia, Tasmania, and Internationally.