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Lemon Grass, East Indian


Cymbopogon flexuosus GRAMINEAE
An aromatic perennial grass from southern India used as a source of lemongrass oil for flavoring and perfumery. Contains the essential oils citral, geraniol, geranial, and other delicate oils which lend a lemony-citrus fragrance. Usually grown as an annual, it forms large vigorous clumps which can be cut back to 3", then divided and brought indoors to over-winter. The long arching leaves are fibrous with a stiff mid-rib and coarse edges. Harvest the outer leaves as soon as the plant is growing vigorously. Also cut and freeze for late winter use. Culinary: Use it to make a citrus-like lemonade or tea, or use it in soups with poultry, fish and sea food, or as a late ingredient in vegetable and tofu stir-fry. Perfumery: Use in potpourris.Medicinal: A tea made from the leaves has antifungal, and anti-inflammatory action. Used by the Vietnamese to treat rheumatism. Topically applied as a poultice for fungus infections such as athlete's foot.
Pkt. (0.07 g, 221 seeds)

[Culture: Perennial, zones 10-11 or Annual, zones 4-9/70-85°F/10-14 days/light-dependent germinator/transplant/Spring/sun/18-24" ht./18-24" apart. Extra care: sow seeds indoors on soil surface and keep moist, but not soggy. Do not over-water. Transplant to cells or small pots, then to garden in late spring when seedlings are at least 3" tall. First harvest is approximately 75 to 90 days after maturity.]


Pkt. (0.07 g, 221 seeds)
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 10 November, 2004.

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