About Patchouli

The Plant

Patchouli, pogostomen cablin, is a bush that grows wild in Java and Sumatra, and has been cultivated in India for centuries.  The name Patchouli comes from the Tamil patchai ellai, meaning “green leaf.”  The plants need six to nine months to reach maturity, and thereafter leaves can be harvested about every four months.   Skill is required to pluck the soft, hairy leaves correctly so that read more...

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Patchouli Plants Under Cultivation
Patchouli Plants Under Cultivation
Patchouli Plants Under Cultivation

 About Ambrette Seed

The Plant

Ambrette (Abelmoschus moschatus) is a tropical hibiscus with beautiful bright yellow flowers, and its distinctive seed pods look so similar to okra that the plant is sometimes referred to as “musk okra” or “ornamental okra.”  Ambrette is native to India, where it is known as Mushkdana or Kasturi Bhendi.  The plant grows to just over a meter in height and is an evergreen shrub.  When mature read more...

 About Lemongrass

The Plant

Lemongrass is a tall, fragrant perennial grass cultivated in two types, known as East-Indian (Cymbopogon flexuosus) and West-Indian (Cymbopogon citratus).   The East Indian variety is native to India and is known as Cochin or Malabar Grass.  West-Indian lemongrass is probably native to Malaysia.  For many purposes they are read more...

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Lemongrass Under Cultivation
Lemongrass Under Cultivation

 About Citronella

The Plant

Citronella is a tall, fragrant, perennial grass that is native to Sri Lanka, where it still grows wild and is called managrass.  Domesticated citronella is cultivated in two types, Ceylon type (Cymbopogon nardus) and Java type (Cymbopogon winterianus).   The shape of the leaves differ, as do the amounts of active compounds.  read more...

 About Palmarosa

The Plant

Palmarosa, cymbopogon martini, is an aromatic grass with long, slender stems and fragrant, grassy leaves.  It is native to India and still grows wild there, in addition to being cultivated.  It is a tall grass, reaching up to 3 meters at maturity.  Also known as rosha grass or Indian geranium, the leaves can be harvested about every 4 months. read more...

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Palmarosa Under Cultivation
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