Description

Slender fountains of lemony freshness

Days to Maturity: 95 from direct sow

An essential herb for Asian cuisine, the leaves and stems of lemongrass can be used fresh or dried to impart a distinct lemon flavor. Lemongrass also makes a wonderful ingredient for hot teas, and is attractive enough to grow simply as an ornamental in patio pots or in the sunny garden.

This clump-forming perennial resembles an ornamental grass with its aromatic cane-like stems arising from a central base. The lemon-scented, linear, strap leaves reach 3 feet long, falling over at the tip. It is a honeybee magnet, and a useful addition to any garden friendly to butterflies, bees, and other wildlife.

Lemongrass thrives in moist soil and full sun, growing 3 to 5 feet tall within a single season. The seed germinates in 7 to 14 days, and the plant reaches a good size for picking about 3 months later. If you begin the seeds indoors, transplant the young plants at about 6 inches high.

Lemongrass is hardy only in zones 9-11, so if you live north of its range, you may want to grow it in containers, where it can be brought to a bright, frost-free location for winter. Quite long-lived, it will fulfill all your culinary needs for many seasons.

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Genus Cymbopogon
Species flexosus
Item Form Pack of 1000
Zone 9 - 11
Days To Maturity 95
Fruit Color Green
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 1000
Plant Height 3 ft - 5 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Edible, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Herbs, Rose Companions, Evergreen, Variegated
Foliage Color Blue Green, Orange
Harvest Season Early Summer, Late Summer, Mid Summer
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor, Border, Containers, Ornamental, Foliage Interest, Hedge

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