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Cymbopogon obtectus – Silkyheads (seed)


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A native Cymbopogon species, ours was originally collected near Longreach in Central Qld. The Cymbopogon genus is the Lemon Grass genus, the native Australian species also contain essential oils and have a very pleasant smell. Whilst they do not have the enlarged ‘bulbs’ of Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus) the leaves are still useful in tea making for relief of headaches and colds.

Traditional Bush Medicines (1988) describes the preparation of medicine by chopping the aromatic leaves finely and boiling them for 5 to 10 minutes in a litre of water. The resulting yellow-green liquid is drunk as often as needed to relieve coughs and colds. The liquid can also be used as a liniment for sore muscles or headaches, and as an antiseptic to treat sores. The leaves can be rubbed into a ball and placed in the nostrils to relieve colds.

Care and Cultivation of Cymbopogon obtectus

Sow seeds just under surface in a full sun position, keep moist until germination. Can show varying degrees of dormancy like a lot of Australian rangeland pasture species. Mya respond to smoke treatment or GA3. Prefers a loam/gravel soil. Well drained soil, fast growing and hardy. Likes a full sun position and is tolerant of dry conditions once established.

25 seeds per packet


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