Cymbopogon citratus

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Lemon Grass (Annual)

USDA Hardiness Zone 10-11

This herb stands tall with fragrant, bluish-green foliage and a white-green flower to top it off! This clumping, tender perennial grass is loaded with lemony scent and flavor!
Easy to grow and will produce a good crop of leaves to make teas, beverages, salads, fish, poultry, herbal medicines and Eastern inspired soups and other dishes. Harvest the tightly rolled new leaves inside the base of a single sprout for culinary use. Preserve by air-drying.

Height

24-36 Inches

Spread

24-36 Inches

Bloom Time

summer

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in moist, fertile soil. An easy grower. Protect from frost. Bring indoors for the winter months.

When to Divide

spring/summer

Good Companions

Mint 'Kentucky Colonel' (Perennial) (Mentha spicata), Basil 'Spicy Globe' (Annual) (Ocimum basilicum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes & Uses
Containers
Fragrant
Culinary
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Blue-Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Fall
Summer
Soil Moisture Preference
Well-drained
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