Plants respond to a warm winter

Plants are responding to our warmer winter temperatures and gardeners may be seeing things that they have not seen before.  One example is that lemon grass, a normally frost tender herb, has formed flowers this winter.  On average, our area receives freezing temperatures in November and December and the lemon grass leaves will be killed.  Growth will then return with warm weather in the spring.

The mild winter temperatures this season have allowed lemongrass to develop attractive seed heads, a sight that is new to many who grow the plant in Pensacola. If the seeds are able to mature, we might have many seedlings emerging from this very aromatic herb and plenty to share in the Spring.

Seed heads on lemongrass are not a normal sight for many gardeners. Photo: Beth Bolles

Seed heads on lemongrass are not a normal sight for many gardeners. Photo: Beth Bolles

 

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