Pests of Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) (Lemongrass)

Lemon grass is a member of the grass family (Gramineae). It grows in clumps that can be as much as 6 feet tall. Propagation for commercial plantings is by division. Lemon grass is commonly planted in gardens in Hawaii since it is used for flavoring Asian dishes, teas, and medicinal purposes. For culinary purposes, the stalk is usually sold with the roots and leaves trimmed. The oil of lemon grass is also extracted for commercial purposes. Some growers feel that trimming lemon grass leaves planted near crops help to repel melon flies.

Chewing Type Pest

Common Name Scientific Name Picture
grass bagworm Brachycyttarus griseus de Joannis (Picture)


Sucking Type Pest

Common Name Scientific Name Picture
yellow sugarcane aphid Sipha flava (Forbes) (Picture)