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Lemongrass is a tall perennial grass, and is one of the most versatile herbs. It is used for cooking, makes a herbal tea, is an insect repellant and has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It has few pests or diseases, and is a very low maintenance garden plant. It grows quickly, forming a weed repellant grassy clump, and is drought tolerant once established. Suitable for container growing.
Lemongrass will flourish in warm and moist conditions. Fertilise with a high nitrogen fertiliser. Tidy up dead leaves now and again to keep the plant tidy. Propagation is by division of the clump.
It can be used fresh or dried. The fleshy base of the leaf clumps have the most flavour. The leaves have sharp edges, so care should be taken in harvesting and tidying.
Lemongrass is native to India and tropical Asia.
Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified
Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Soil pH: 5.5-7.5
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: High nitrogen fertiliser.