A perennial grass native to India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, Lemongrass – East Indian (aka Citronella) is cultivated for the intense lemony fragrance of its leaves and stems. Known as Cymbopogon and originally found in Asia, this herbaceous species includes some fifty known varieties which are now native to tropical climes. In addition to being known for its scent, it is also widely used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.
Do not confuse East Indian Lemongrass with Melissa officinalis L which is a perennial plant in the Lamiaceae botanical family. Lemongrass essential oil is used in aromatherapy to relieve muscular and joint pain caused by sports injuries.