Lemongrass is a long, thick grass with leaves at the top that add movement and texture to container and in-ground plantings. Plants thrive in moist soil and full sun. The bottom five inches or so is where you'll find the flavor in this citrusy herb. To use, remove the leafy top and woody bottom, strip the tough outer layers, and dice 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.
- Lemongrass resembles an ornamental grass with leaves and stems that are often used in Asian dishes
- The edible part of this citrusy herb is the tender inner stalk
- Grows in full sun
- A large plant, it grows 36 to 60 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide
- Plant 24 inches apart