Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass

Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass is becoming a favorite of American gardeners. This fragrant grass is a versatile performer in the kitchen where it can be used in teas, beverages, herbal medicines, and Eastern inspired soups and other dishes. Lemongrass is equally versatile in the garden. This tropical grass grows in dense clumps that can grow to 5 ft  in height and about 4 ft in width. The straplike leaves are 0.5-1 in  wide, about 3 ft  long, and have gracefully drooping tips. The evergreen leaves are bright bluish-green and release a citrus aroma when crushed. It is the leaves that are used as flavoring and in medicine. They are steam distilled to extract lemongrass oil, an old standby in the the perfumer’s palette of scents.

Uses: herb gardens

Full Sun to light shade

Zone 10-11

Height 4-5′