aka "Mosquito Plant" or scented
David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm Greenhouse,
July 5, 2012
|Grown at Hutchinson Farm since
2012. Available May 2017 in 4½" pots.
Winter Hardiness: Annual
Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
Height: 16 - 24"
Habit: upright, bushy
Where to plant: Well drained soil in your garden,
- In the
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.