- 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
A scented geranium, this is a great patio plant, especially in containers. Citronella is actually a citrus-scented geranium with a strong, lemony scent that mosquitoes dislike. Crush this plant’s leaves to release oils that can help naturally repel mosquitoes. To release more of its lovely aroma, 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. Move indoors before frost. Do not over-fertilize because too much nitrogen reduces leaf fragrance.
Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.