I planted this lemongrass in May. It was very small at that time, and I had no idea it would become this big! I think I paid $2.50 for it from the Herb Festival at the WNC Farmer's Market. It makes a handsome addition to this grouping of perennials and annuals, and as the blades are beginning to turn red with the changing season, it is growing more lovely by the day. (As you can see, Norman is taking a pee on the lavender. He has already killed one lavender plant, so I think he wants to even the numbers out by killing one more.)
Lemongrass is a perennial herb, and is tasty in Asian dishes such as soups and curries. The blades are rather sharp, so you must dice it up finely to release the citrus flavor without slicing your tongue in the process! It also makes a lovely addition to the perennial garden or for use as a focal point in a mixed border. Be sure to give it lots of room, because lemongrass grows large very quickly!