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Lemongrass

Cymbopogpen citratus
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Native of India and Sri Lanka.

Landscape Value

Fragrant swaying grass will add texture and movement as well as contrast among more compact plants. Ideal container plant or in a border or garden bed.

Nutritional Value

The oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral. Also used as an antidepressant, to soothe aches and pains, to relieve stress. If drunk before bed will induce sleep. Effective for headaches and respiratory problems.

How to Eat

Used in Asian cookery. Pour boiling water over sliced leaves and steep for 5 minutes for Lemongrass tea. Sweeten as desired. Can be dried for tea, potpourri or cooking.

Expected Yield

2-3 plants for a family of 4 with regular use.

Growing

Sun

Full sun.

Wind

Wind and salt tolerant.

Climate

Prefers humid conditions and uniform rainfall. Requires good drainage and plenty of moisture through the growing season and will tolerant a range of climates.

Soil

Free draining soil.

Planting

Container culture is possible but provide adequate water and fertiliser to allow the foliage to maintain a more tender freshness.

Fertiliser

Feed with general NPK fertiliser or manure compost.

Pruning

Trim in early spring after frosts have passed to 15cm to encourage fresh foliage to develop.

Hardiness

Hardy to -2°C

Special Conditions

 


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