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Lemon Grass

English Name

Cymbopogon Citratus

Scientific Name

Description

Cymbopogon citratus is grown mainly in Southeast Asia, India and other tropical countries. It only yields its aroma when it is cut, imparting the lemon flavor. It is mainly used in stir-fry dishes, but also used in soups, curries and pickles, it goes well with coconut milk. As medicinal the oil has been used in ointments for the treatment of rheumatic conditions and for sprains. Also used for athlete's foot and the treatment of lice. In aromatherapy its antiseptic properties are said to be excellent for aching feet.

Graminae

Family

Minimum: 45°F

Temperature (°F)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Herb

Type

Yes

Fragrance

Propagation

Propagate by division in Spring.

Cultivation

Requires well-drained soil. Stems are cut at ground level for use fresh or dried.

Care

It is possible to grow it as an ornamental house-plant in temperate climates, provided its surroundings are kept at a suitable temperature.



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