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Aromatic grass with a strong lemon flavour. Native to many parts of Asia, it is used extensively for flavourings and perfumes as well as a refreshing tea with soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. For a quick cuppa, pick a leaf, shred lengthways to expose oil capillaries and pour on boiling water leaving to infuse for several minutes. Only lightly cover seed to germinate. Transplant out as clumps leaving for 2-3 months to bulk up before harvesting. Plants will winter over in warmer areas and care should be taken not to divide clumps too early in spring.
Maturity second season from transplant.