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Citronella grass

Cymbopogon nardus

Cymbopogon winterianus, Sitronella gras (Afr.)

Citronella grasses are used for the production of citronella oil, which in turn is used in the production of soaps, insect repellents (especially mosquitoes) in insect sprays, candles, and in aromatherapy. Citronella grass and lemon grass are closely related, can look and smell very similar, but citronella grass has reddish colored pseudostems, and lemongrass is all green. The oils can be used similarly, though they are not exactly the same.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Grass stalks can be harvested from 4 months after planting, cut the stalks right above the roots, just below the soil level.

Propagation

Division
Divide plants in spring time

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Repels mosquito, whitefly adults and other insects
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers, but may become too large

Geography

Origin
Aisia, Indonesian, tropical regions
Natural climate
Tropical regions

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
It is used to treat lice and other parasites, like intestinal worms. It is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.

Personality

Family
Poaceae
Flower colour
Brown
Scent
Strong

Problems

Leaf blight and anthracnose

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