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Cymbopogon citratus (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Cymbopogon citratus (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Zones 12, 13, 16, 17, 23-25, 27, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon Grass
Poaceae (Gramineae)
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

From India. All plant parts are strongly lemon scented and widely used as an ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking. Clumps of inch-wide leaves grow to 3–4 ft. tall (or more) and 3 ft. wide. The base of the clump, composed of overlapping leaf bases, is nearly bulbous in appearance. Lemon grass can live over in the mildest-winter regions, but it’s safer to pot up a division and keep it indoors or in a greenhouse over winter. Easily planted from divisions.

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