Cymbopogan (Lemon Grass) is a tropical, clump-forming, evergreen grass with a richly aromatic lemon fragrance. Widely used in cooking in Thailand, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries, Lemon grass features narrow, leafy stalks with gracefully arching, strap-shaped, pale green-blue linear leaves, up to 3 feet long. The leaves exude a strong lemony scented fragrance when bruised. Sprays of green and pinkish brown flowers appear in late summer and fall, but are rarely seen when grown under glass. The leaves and the essential oil of lemon grass have been used many years in herbal medicines to relive spasms, treat digestive ailments or arthritus pains. The oil is also used in perfumes, cosmetics and soaps. Lemon grass is a natural insect repellent and works against mosquitoes, fleas and ticks, and is useful for soil improvement and erosion. Plant in full sun, in moist but well drained soil. Be aware that this plant contains cyanogenic glycosides and other oils that are mildly toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

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