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This tropical perennial grass is grown as an annual and makes a handsome ornamental edible. The fibrous leaves have a strong lemon aroma and are the source of lemongrass oil that is used to flavor candy, ice cream and pastries. Made into a tea, it can help with digestive problems. Packet is ¼ gram, about 400 seeds.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, pressing into soil and covering lightly. Light aids germination. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 10-20 days. Transplant into the garden 12 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart.