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Cymbopogon citratus
Synonyms: Andropogon citratus

Common Name(s): West Indian lemon grass; lemon grass
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Growing Days: 120 to 365 (days)
Abs.Max=93° (F)    Opt.Max=86° (F)
Opt.Min=75° (F)    Abs.Min=64° (F)
Precipitation: 59 to 118 (in.)
Winter Minimum: 28° (F)
Soil pH: 4.3 to 7.3
Soil Texture/Type: Medium to clay
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Short day
Light Intensity: Very bright
Does not thrive where average July temperature exceeds 77 F. Can not endure periods of dry heat. Grows better on clay soils than sany soils.
Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rust
Additive - flavoring, Material - essent oils, Material - lipids, Medicinal - folklore
Subtropical-dry summe, tropical-rainy
Geographical Origin:
Only cultivated
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