- Type: Perennial in zones 8 to 11
- Planting time: After last frost in spring or in fall (up to 6 weeks before fall frost in cold zones)
- Features: Aromatic grass-like leaves with lemon flavor
- Light: Full sun
- Soil: Fertile, moist
- Spacing: 24 inches
- Plant size: 36 to 60 inches tall, 24 to 36 inches wide
- Garden use: Containers, herb and flower gardens
- Culinary use: Use leaves and stems in Asian dishes
Lemongrass resembles an ornamental grass, forming tall clumps that add movement and texture to container and in-ground plantings. Plants thrive in moist soil and full sun. The base of each leaf stalk—roughly the bottom 5 inches—is where the flavor hides in this citrusy herb. To use, remove the leafy top and woody bottom, strip the tough outer layers, and mince or chop the white inner stalk for Asian-style curries, stir fries, and marinades. Use discarded parts to infuse a tea, broth or soup. Flavor intensifies the longer you cook it. Use lemongrass fresh, dry it, or freeze it.
Some Bonnie Plants® varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.