Lemongrass and Citronella

Finally figured out the difference between repellant Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) and edible Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) plants, both are from the Cymbopogon family commonly referred to as lemongrass. In Chinese, they are all called 香茅草。 I have both plants in my garden. The one that flowers now is Citronella, not Lemongrass. Here are some photos to show the difference between the two. For further information in Chinese http://www.zwbk.org/MyLemmaShow.aspx?zh=zh-tw&lid=163596 For further information in English http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymbopogon Lemongrass 20130209-141232.jpg Citronella 20130209-141244.jpg Lemongrass 20130209-143154.jpg Citronella 20130209-143446.jpg Citronella flower 20130209-145020.jpg

5 Replies to “Lemongrass and Citronella”

  1. Thank you! Now I know the difference between lemongrass and citronella 🙂
    Here in Indonesia we use lemongrass for almost all of Indonesian cuisine, but I don’t know about citronella. They look almost same. Is Citronella edible too? Thank you.

    1. Citronella is not edible. It is used to distill citronella oil. Lemongrass is the edible type used in Southeast Asian cooking.

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