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.
Propagate by division in Spring.
Requires well-drained soil. Stems are cut at ground level for use fresh or dried.
It is possible to grow it as an ornamental house-plant in temperate climates, provided its surroundings are kept at a suitable temperature.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.