Lemongrass (East Indian)
East Indian Lemongrass is a wonderful ornamental grass that is also culinary in use due to its tasty lemon flavored leaves. The stalks of the plant are harvested at the end of summer and used in Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisine such as curries and soups. The plant is perennial, but will die back during the winter and reemerge in late spring. It is a tender perennial so it is best to grow it in a pot at higher elevations of Oregon, or mulch the roots heavily during winter. Plants can reach 3ft x 3ft in size.
Tender Perennial Zones 8b to 11. Will survive Western Oregon winters. If temperatures drop below 20 degrees you might need to mulch the roots heavily to protect them. Can be grown in a pot and brought inside during very cold nights.
Average soil with consistent moisture but not soggy
Transplant to the garden after all danger of frost has passed
Days to Maturity
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