Lemon Grass – West Indian
Cymbopogon citratus

Zone: 10-11
Height: 24-36"

General: Lemon grass West Indian is vegetative whereas the East Indian Lemon grass is grown from seed. West Indian lemon grass has large stalks and a more bulbous stem base. It is a good source of vitamin A. They’re commonly used for tea in addition to cooking. It also is reported to have anti-fungal properties.

Culinary Uses: West Indian lemon grass can be used in many similar ways as its east Indian cousin. Fresh in sauces and stews or dried in teas.

Medicinal Uses: Lemon grass contains a significant amount of vitamin A. Some studies have shown lemongrass to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It's also been cited as an effective pain reliever and fever reducer. Lemon grass oils have been used as an insect repellent and to clear acne.

Ornamental Uses: West Indian lemon grass has a strong flavor and scent of citrus. Originally native to southern India, plants will grow a thicker base than other types, making it the preferable variety for culinary uses.

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