Cymbopogon citratus. A tropical, aromatic, tall-stemmed grass, Lemongrass is a tender perennial used in Asian cuisine, primarily Thai dishes. It has narrow, pale green leaf blades that grow in clumps; the shoots (enlarged leaf ends) are thick and fleshy and add a spicy flavor to curries and stir-fry. Imparting a delightful lemon scent and tangy lemon flavor, tender, new leaves may be chopped and added to sauces, soups, chicken and seafood dishes. Lemongrass is best raised as transplants sown indoors 8 to 10 weeks prior to setting out after the last spring frost date
. Keep it well-watered during the growing season. Before the first fall frost, dig it up and grow it in containers inside over the winter! (For lovely Thai recipes, visit www.thaitable.com.) Tender perennial. Height: 3' to 6'. (OP.)
Average seed life: 1 year.
One packet of about 15 seeds