Citronella Mosquito Plant
at Goffle Brook Farms in Ridgewood
“Don’t be afraid to bite on a giant, learn from the mosquito!”
Citronella (Mosquito Plant) is actually a citrus-scented geranium, which is a great patio plant, especially in containers. You may know it under a variety of commony called names such as citronella plant, mosquito plant geranium, citrosa geranium and Pelargonium citrosum. The plant produces a pleasant smelling citronella-like scented aroma that wafts upon a slight breeze adding a delightful scent to the air.
Take note when adding fertilizer as over-fertilizing can cause too much nitrogen which will reduce the fragrance produced. While the oil from crushed leaves may have some ability to discourage mosquitoes, the plants alone are grown more for their refreshing scent than as a mosquito repellent. Place citronella near a gate or path where you brush against the leaves as you walk by, or in a pot where children can rub the leaves to enjoy their fragrance.
- Plants are vigorous growers and drought tolerant.
- Type Tender perennial
- Planting time Spring, after the last frost
- Features Strongly lemon-scented leaves
- Light Part shade
- Soil Light, well drained, on the dry side
- Spacing 18 to 24 inches
- Plant size 24 to 36 inches tall
- Garden use Herb garden, flower border, containers