Cymbopogon schoenanthus (L.) Spreng.

Frost tender tufted grass with erect stems and a much-branched, ornamental inflorescence.  To 30cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1786.  [PD].  This fragrant grass has found medicinal uses and is the source of the fragrant oil called Indian Geranium. 

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.360/1857].  Plants were obtained from the Sydney Botanic Garden on 17th October 1853.  [RBGS AB].


An ornamental grass, smaller than but similar to Cymbopogon citratus, Lemon grass, and C. nardus, Citronella, both of economic importance.

Published Feb 26, 2009 - 04:17 PM | Last updated Mar 29, 2010 - 05:02 PM

More details about Cymbopogon schoenanthus (L.) Spreng.
Family Poaceae
Region of origin

North Africa to North India

  • Andropogon schoenanthus L.
Common Name

Camel hay

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cymbopogon Schoenanthus

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