Cymbopogon nardus

Botanical Name: Cymbopogon nardus

Common Name(s): Citronella Grass



Cymbopogon nardus originates from the tropical regions of southeast Asia and does not survive cold temperatures. This tropical grass forms clumps and can reach up 1.8m tall. It is the source for citronella oil and is used in aroma therapy and is believed to have antiseptic properties. The citronella oil is distracted from the stem of the plant.

Family: Poaceae

Synonym: Andropogon nardus

Botanical Pronunciation: sim-buh-POH-gon Nard-us

Frost Sensitive
Non Indigenous
Full Sun
High Watering

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Cymbopogon nardus


Cymbopogon nardus

Interesting Info

When handling or coming in to contact with C. nardus, it may irritate the skin in some individuals and cause dermatitis in certain individuals.





Planting Instructions

Plant in full sun before winter and provide plenty of water. (76cm of water in a year)


Uses:: Cullinary: | Medicinal: | Cultural: | Commercial: | Cosmetics: | Other Uses: | Part Used: | Attracts: | Features: Fragrant/ scented foliage

Uses in landscape design

Can be planted in containers or along walk ways.


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