Lemongrass is a tufted, grassy perennial (or annual in cold climates) that can grow between 0.9-1.5 m tall and 0.8 m wide but can be trimmed to size as needed. Its handsome lime-green leaves make it a wonderful ornamental plant too. Although, take care when handling as the leaf blades are paper-cut sharp.
There are two main Lemongrass varieties:
- West Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
- East Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
The West Indian Lemongrass is more commonly sold and used in cooking, but both varieties are suitable for cooking. For some, the East Indian Lemongrass is considered to be more ornamental as its leaves have a purple tinge.
Regardless of which variety you choose to grow, Lemongrass is easy to grow at home in garden beds or pots. You can grow from seed, seedlings, cuttings or stem division. Here’s how to grow Lemongrass at home.