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Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon grass

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial


Aromatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (116170)

Plant details

Lemon grass is an exotic herb used in many far eastern dishes. The long, linear leaves smell strongly of lemon and contain essential oils that have medicinal, culinary and cosmetic uses. It is a tender perennial and is best grown in a greenhouse or conservatory. Plant in loam-based potting compost in full light, but not direct sun, with some humidity. Water sparingly in winter.

Family: Poaceae

Genus: Cymbopogon

Species: citratus

Plant type: Tender perennial

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

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