Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuous
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: This tender perennial grows two to four feet with long days and warm summers in the north.
It grows in clumps, not spreading underground. Organic and rich soil with plenty of moisture will increase growth.
It does well as a potted plant through the winter, too. You can keep this plant going as long as you are willing to bring it indoors for winter. Lemongrass can be divided each spring into several plants.
PART USED: Leaves are great for teas and leaf bases are cut like celery and used in asian and tropical recipes.
FUNCTION: Wonderful lemon flavor without the acid of citrus.