Botanist's Glossary

Lemongrass - Cymbopogon citratus

  • Description
    • Lemongrass is a perennial grass that grows to a height of 1 to 2 meters, with long, sharp-edged leaves and panicles of multi-branched flowers. It has a pronounced lemon-like scent and flavor. This Indo-Malaysian plant, which is only found cultivated, has spread throughout all tropical regions.
  • Traditions
    • Lemongrass stems have long been used in Asian cuisine. It is also grown to repel mosquitoes.
  • Properties
    • Lemongrass essential oil has purifying, antispasmodic, anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties.