Mosquito Plant
Place mosquito plant near a path or door where you'll brush by it often.

Mosquito Plant

(Pelargonium graveolens Citrosa)
  • 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. Do not over-fertilize because too much nitrogen reduces leaf fragrance. Sometimes called citronella, but actually a citrus-scented geranium. Although crushed leaves do have some ability to repel mosquitoes, the plants alone are grown more for their refreshing scent than mosquito-repelling characteristics. Place them 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.

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Mosquito Plant is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Feel a bit duped I saw this at the local Home Depot and was immediately intrigued. The only description on it had the title Citronella Mosquito Plant and planting instructions. Like others, I took this to mean that the plant itself would deter mosquitos. Now that I'm home, I decided to google and see how others felt it worked and ran across the description here. The plant doesn't deter mosquitos at all! I find it a bit shady that the online description explains that but the info isn't on the plant itself. Just print a small box with that info on the label please! I probably wouldn't care nearly as much of the plant hadn't had been over twice as much as I usually spend on a plant. Sigh.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Deceptive labeling: I bought this plant at a local feed store because I was looking for a natural mosquito repellant. Im not a gardener so I wasnt quite sure what I was looking for but when I see a label for "Citronella Plant" and then the label says that the plants lemony scent repels mosquitos I was sold! When I got home and looked up plantinh instructions, I came back to the actual company's website (Bonnie Plants) and read that this plant doesnt do much at all to repel mosquitos. Im pretty upset! THAT should have been on the label! If I wanted a lemon smelling plant, I would be looking for a lemon smelling plant, but no, I was looking for something to repel mosquitos and thats what the label said.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought 4, because I have a huge patio. Hosted a party, & didn't have any Mosquitoes at all. Several guests commented and asked about not having any Mosquitoes bothering the guest or the guitar player. Eating was so pleasant as well. I explained the Bonnie Citronella Plants. My caterer said she would always invest for future parties...Thank you Bonnie Plants! Found at Home Depot.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 0 out of 5 by from I love it. My mother got two for each side of her door, these plants even though they say they don't repel mosquitos... they do. Before, everytime you open the door tons of mosquitos fly in, now NONE! Although I tried tasting it... it doesn't taste good ;)
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The plant smells great! I wanted to try scented geranium and this one smells wonderful. I would buy some different scented geraniums if they sell them next year. I love Bonnie Plants.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Attractive Leaves Even if it does not stop Mosquitoes I find the leaf shape attractive. It seems to be doing well so far, so good.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Though it's not the true citronella grass, the smell is pleasant and can be used to deter Mosquitos. No claims that it does. Personal and regional results will vary. Would not suggest eating by human or animal.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from imposter : The plant shown here is a relative of the geranium and is called pelargoium citrosum according to the american botanical society it is not the "true" citronella plant! So needless to say no wonder its not working for the previous commenter ....real citronella plant is a clumping grass plant that gets pretty tall!
Date published: 2016-03-12
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