days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 3 feet
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: rust
harvest notes: prune
Lemongrass is a perennial grass often grown for its fragrant leaves and stalks. The grass grows in dense clumps and the leaves are blue-green in color, turning red in the Fall, and emitting a strong lemon fragrance when aggravated. While perennial, lemongrass typically has an economic life span of around 4 years. The stalks (leaf bases) of the plant are commonly used to flavor dishes in Southeast Asia and the heart of young shoots may be cooked and consumed as a vegetable. The tougher leaves are used to flavor dishes, removed before serving, or made into tea. The extracted essential oil is commonly used in insect repellents, perfumes and soaps, an equally great reason to have this plant through our buggy summers. As a clumping grass, lemongrass can be easily propagated by dividing stalks from the rhizome of an established plant. Harvest stalks by cutting them at ground level or by bending the stalk and twisting. It is said to repel dragons and serpent energy and is burned, bathed in, or carried on the person for lust, honesty, growth, strength and purification. Plant Lemongrass around the home for protection and drink tea to aid in divination.