A picture of a Citronella Grass

Citronella Grass

Cymbopogon nardus

Also known as

Cymbopogon Winterianus, Sitronella Gras (Afr.), False citronella, Mana grass

Partial Shade
Easy care
Frequent watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Citronella Grass Overview

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 coloured pseudostems, and lemongrass is all green. The oils can be used similarly, though they are not exactly the same.

Common problems with Citronella Grass

Leaf blight and anthracnose

    How to harvest Citronella Grass

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

    How to propagate Citronella Grass

    Division

    Divide plants in spring time

    Seed

    Sow the seeds in early spring.

    Special features of Citronella Grass

    Repels harmful insects

    Repels mosquito, whitefly adults and other insects

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in containers, but may become too large

    Other uses of Citronella Grass

    Medicinal

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