Flowering Lemon Grass

Today’s photos show a single flower stalk on our Lemon grass plant (Cymbopogon citratus) growing in our hill.Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)I have never seen the Lemon grass plant bloom before and went to take a closer look at it. Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)The flower stalk is similar to those of the family of ornamental grasses and bamboo, to which the Lemon grass belongs.  Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)There are several seedheads on the flower stalk, and the flowers were odour-less when I smelt them today. However, when I rubbed the flowers together, the distinct lemon-like aroma appears.Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)Over the years, we propagated our Lemon grass plant by dividing the root-ball, but I understand now that this plant also grows from seeds.

I read that the seedheads should be allowed to dry on the plant; then removed to collect the seeds. Seeds germinate quickly, and young plants require direct sunshine and moderate watering. Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)Lemon grass is also called West Indian Lemon Grass, and in Jamaica, it is popularly known as Fever grass.

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