Lemon Grass

Cymbopogon citratus

About This Plant

Partial shade or partial sun; annual. Lemon grass is a casual, carefree ornamental grass with long gray-green leaf blades used in Asian dishes, soups and curries. It makes a nice contrast for the tiny-leaved plants of the typical herb garden. The leaves contain citronella oil, but you’ll have to crush the leaves and wipe them directly on skin to achieve any mosquito-repelling benefits.

Origins: Southeast Asia


Keep lemon grass mulched and out of the sun to keep it moist. Groom as needed to remove spent foliage. Dig it up if you plan on overwintering it; plants can be divided to propagate.

Great for use in soups and asian stirfries.

Min. Height: 4'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 2'

Max Width: 3 feet'

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