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 About Vetiver

The Plant

Native to India, vetiver is an enormous fragrant grass closely related to palmarosa, citronella, and lemongrass.  Vetiver can grow 1.5 meters high, and the roots can extend 3 meters deep, making the root harvest a challenging proposition! Unlike the other fragrant grasses (whose leaves are used for distillation), Vetiver is cultivated for the oil that exists only in the roots. read more...

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Vetiver Roots Ready for Distillation
Vetiver Plants Under Cultivation
Vetiver Plants Under Cultivation
Vetiver Nursery

 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...

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