- 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.