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East Indian Lemon Grass Seed

(Cymbopogon flexuosus GRAMINEAE)

An aromatic perennial grass from southern India used as a source of lemongrass oil for flavoring and perfumery. Contains the essential oils citral, geraniol, geranial, and other delicate oils which lend a lemony-citrus fragrance. Usually grown as an annual, it forms large vigorous clumps which can be cut back to 3", then divided and brought indoors to over-winter. The long arching leaves are fibrous with a stiff mid-rib and coarse edges. Harvest the outer leaves as soon as the plant is growing vigorously. Also cut and freeze for late winter use. Culinary: Use it to make a citrus-like lemonade or tea, or use it in soups with poultry, fish and sea food, or as a late ingredient in vegetable and tofu stir-fry. Perfumery: Use in potpourris.Medicinal: A tea made from the leaves has anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory action. Used by the Vietnamese to treat rheumatism. Topically applied as a poultice for fungus infections such as athlete's foot.


Foliage:Large grass-like leaves
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:18 to 24 inches
Diameter:18 to 24 inches
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:4 to 11
Propagation / Germination:Extra care: sow seeds indoors on soil surface and keep moist, but not soggy. Do not over-water. Transplant to cells or small pots, then to garden in late spring when seedlings are at least 3" tall. First harvest is approximately 75 to 90 days after maturity.]
Sun:Full sun
Water:Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Pests and Diseases:None noted.

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