A great grassy plant for landscaping and for the home garden, Australian lemon grass is very easy care and hardy. It grows to around 2 metres high and wide, with whispy seed heads. It is drought and frost tolerant. Once established, cutting back the foliage will encourage fresh new growth.
The leaves have a strong lemon scent when crushed, and can be used to make tea and for inhalation. Research has shown that the tea is good for relieving headaches, migraine and inflammation, and aborigines also used it for chest infections and skin sores.
Propagate by division or by seed.
|Scientific Name:||Cymbopogon ambiguus|
|Common Name:||Lemon Grass|
|Plant Type:||Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Division|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Other insects, Lizards|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.