- Botanical Name:Cymbopogon citratus
- Height:24 – 36 inches.
- Spacing:12 inches.
- Depth:Top of root ball at soil surface.
- Spread:12 inches.
- Light Required:Full Sun, Partial Shade
- Form:Thick masses of green and yellow stems.
- Soil Requirements:Well-drained average soil.
- Growth Rate:Fast
- Pruning:Cut off blades at base to rejuvenate. Harvest as needed after 12-15″ tall.
- Foliage:Tall slender Grass. Will die back but regrow readily in mild winter areas.
- Comments:This fast-growing 2-3 foot fragrant herb has the scent and flavor of lemons. Best when used fresh. Cut and crush the top leafy portion for tea or select the bottom part of the stalk for food flavoring. Repels mosquitoes and is deer resistant. Has thick masses of green and yellow stems. Flavor foods, drinks and ice cubes, potpourri. Tends to have the best flavor when used fresh, instead of dried. Bottom 6 inches of the stem used in soups, curries, salads and fish. Top leafy part may be cut and crushed to make tea. In the North it can be grown in the garden in Summer but should be brought indoors in Winter.
This fast-growing, 2-3 ft. tall, fragrant herb has the scent and flavor of lemons. Best when used fresh, cut and crush the top portion for tea or use bottom part of the stalk for flavoring food. Perennial in zones 9-10, grow as an annual elsewhere.