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Citronella Geranium
aka "Mosquito Plant" or scented geranium
Citronella
Photo: David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouse, July 5, 2012
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since 2012. Available May 2016 in 4" pots.

  • Description
    Pelargonium "citrosum"
    Winter Hardiness: Annual
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 16 - 24"
    Habit: upright, bushy
    Where to plant: Well drained soil in your garden, or containers

  • In the Garden
    Usually we plant geraniums to enjoy with our eyes, and "Citronella" has beautiful delicate lavender coloured flowers. But you can also enjoy it with your nose! Gently rub your fingers through the leaves to bring out the lemony scent. This scented geranium is more vigorous than most zonal geraniums, and has much smaller blooms. Grow like all geraniums -plenty of sun, dry feet, fertilize regularly.

  • As an insect repellant
    According to folklore, if you rub the strong lemon scented leaves of Citronella geraniums over your skin, you will be mosquito free, and even the presence of the plant nearby will keep bugs away. Sound too good to be true? Scientific studies show that it is completely ineffective.