evergreen perennial herb native to southern Asia; it forms dense, erect tufts that reach 70-100 cm in height during the growing season; the leaves, ribbon-shaped, 60-70 cm long, are bright green, with a paper consistency, quite thick, hanging; they are carried by erect, rigid stems, similar to small bamboo. Leaves and stems give off an intense, slightly citrusy scent, which becomes very strong if the leaves are rubbed between the fingers. These plants are grown in much of Asia, as the oil extracted from them is used in oriental medicine, and is also highly appreciated all over the world as a mosquito repellent. The leaves can also be used in the kitchen, to flavor salads, herbal teas and drinks. There are about a dozen species of cymbopogon, almost all with very aromatic leaves.
they are grown in a sunny or semi-shady place; these plants don't like cold weather, therefore they are generally grown as annuals, or they are kept in pots, so that they can be repaired during the coldest months of the year; often in autumn the head of leaves is cut close to the ground, in order to keep it more compact the following year. Plants placed in places sheltered from the wind and sunny are generally ruined in a striking way by the winter cold, but tend to re-germinate at the arrival of spring.