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Cymbopogon citratus

Cymbopogon citratus
Growing pond-side in our Houston garden
lemon grass

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; in Pennsylvania I found it hardto 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 at right here was recently rooted - you can see the fresh growth pushing up above the original greenery.
Now that we're in Texas, our plants are sufficiently hardy to survive even the coldest winters, when they regrow from the roots (in milder winters, the top growth survives as well). It's nice to be able to walk outside just about any time of year and grab a few stems.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: waterfall pondside, foundation border

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