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Indian Geranium, Palmarosa

Cymbopogon martinii

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cymbopogon (sim-buh-POH-gon) (Info)
Species: martinii (mar-TIN-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Cymbopogon martini

Category:

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Aromatic

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 6, 2014, kiwisago from Vancouver,
Canada wrote:

Grown from purchased seed, was easy to germinate indoors, and grew well in regular potting soil on a sunny windowsill. A year later, I planted the same plants outdoors in the veggie patch in the summer. They responded very well and grew extensive roots. Before frost set in, I brought them back inside. They are now in their third year and still look good and strong.

Fragrance of the leaves is noticeable even when fresh, but much stronger when dried. I used it in potpourri, and the scent tended to dominate over the rose petals, sweet woodruff and lavender that was also in that mix.

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