Cymbopogon ambiguus – Native Lemon Grass

 

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.

Family:Poaceae
Scientific Name:Cymbopogon ambiguus
Common Name:Lemon Grass
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Brown
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
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Special Uses:Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Other insects, Lizards

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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