- Light Requirement is Full Shade to Partial Shade
- Height 18-24 Inches
- Width 18-24 Inches
- Use as a filler when using in containers
- Leaves smell like citronella which repels mosquitoes!
Citronella Mosquito Plant (Pelargonium graveolens) is grown for the fragrant foliage. When the foliage is brushed or crushed, it gives off a citrusy smell that repels mosquitoes. In the summer, Citronella Mosquito Plant has pink flowers brushed with deep crimson on the top petals.
Citronella Mosquito Plant is heat tolerant and rarely has any disease problems. It is drought tolerant once established. In places where the winter is cold, it needs to be brought in at first frost. Inside, it will need to be placed in part shade for best results, although it will grow in shade. Outside, it needs full sun with a bit of shade in the heat of the afternoon. Citronella Mosquito Plant looks good in containers or as part of the landscape. It may be planted at the edge of a patio or along a path so that its scent is released as people brush against the foliage.
Citronella Mosquito Plant Care
Citronella Mosquito Plant can be grown inside or outside. It is not hardy in the United States, so it will freeze outside at frost. It grows upright in a mound so would work well as a filler in the back of the container. Citronella Mosquito Plant likes part shade to shade. It will not grow as fast in shade. Citronella Mosquito Plant prefers moderately fertile, well-drained, soil. Fertilize it in containers with water-soluble fertilizer as part of watering it. Put compost or slow-release fertilizer when planting Citronella Mosquito Plant in the landscape. While drought tolerant, it does need watering outside while it is getting established.
Citronella Mosquito Plant is a tender perennial. It tends to get a woody stem in the late summer, then freezes and dies outside at first frost. It makes a great houseplant, however. Pinching the stems will encourage the plant to grow bushier instead of leggy.
Citronella Mosquito Plant Spacing
Citronella Mosquito Plant is a medium tall plant, growing up to 24 inches tall and spreading up to 24 inches wide. It is tall enough that you can plant something shorter in front of it in the landscape or container. If you do so, you should space the Citronella Mosquito Plant 18-24 inches apart from its neighbors.
Citronella Mosquito Plant Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11|
|Flower Color(s): Pinke, White|
|Flower Description: White With Pink Centers|
|Bloom Period: Grown for Foliage|
|Foliage Color(s) Green|
|Foliage Description: Grown for foliage|
|Light Exposure: Full Shade to Partial Shade|
|Height Class: Medium|
|Height: 18-24 Inches|
|Spread: 18-24 Inches|
|Spacing: 18-24 Inches|
|Drought Tolerant: No|
|Container Role: Filler|
|Use Types: Container, Landscape|
|Features: Fragrant, Low Maintenance|
|Scientific Name: Pelargonium graveolens|
|Common Name: Citronella Mosquito Plant|
|Other Name(s): Sweet Scented Geranium|
|Plant Type: Annual|
|Brand: Proven Selections|
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