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Cymbopogon citratus

Cymbopogon citratus

Common name lemon grass
Family poaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z10-11)
Size 24"
Light sun-light shade

Marvellous herb/spice used in southeast Asian cooking - an essential ingredient in my Indonesian peanut sauce! We've grown our own a few times over the past decade; I've not found it easy to overwinter, so I've given up on trying, but it's easy to start from store-bought stalks: just stick them in some soil, keep it moist and reasonably warm, and within a week or two you'll have a rooted plant. Not all of them take, but we've been successful more than half the time. The plant in the photo here was recently rooted - you can see the fresh growth pushing up above the original greenery.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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