Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

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

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

Confidence level high