East Indian Lemon Scented Grass
(This plant is NOT on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
Native to India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand, when the foliage is crushed it emits a strong lemon or citron fragrance and produces an essential oil by steam distillation of freshly cut leaves.
An aromatic, tufted perennial or clumping grass growing to 1 metre on rocky red loam, sand, ironstone, granite, limestone, sandstone and along creeks. It is reported adaptable to soils, drought and frost resistant but needs a full sun position. While accepting drought, it performs much better with regular watering and can be sheared off to produce fresh foliage each year. It is becoming very popular as a landscape plant.
The leaves are used in cooking to impart a delicate citron flavour to teas, soups and curries. They are also used as a pesticide, fungicide and preservative. Wikipedia reports that it completely inhibits Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aurea colony growth (Golden Staph).
This plant grows readily from seed.
Offered is a packet of 200 seeds and Grownotes to assist you in propagation.