Mosquito Plant

(Pelargonium graveolens Citrosa)

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.

  • 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

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Nutrition Information

Light requirements Part shade. Full sun is okay in more northerly zones.

Planting Space 18 to 24 inches apart.

Soil requirement Although mosquito plant prefers rich, moist soil, it grows in a range of soil types.

Water requirements Keep soil moist after planting. Once established, mosquito plants in planting beds should survive on rainfall. In containers, plants need irrigation whenever soil is dry.

Frost-fighting plan Mosquito plant is perennial in zones 9 to 11. Plants are not frost-tolerant, but can survive a light frost if covered with a frost blanket.

Common issues In low light stems can get lanky and need staking. Mature plants in plastic containers often suffer wind-throw during summer thunderstorms. If high winds are forecast, shift pots to a more protected location. Mosquito plant is generally pest-free.

Harvesting Pick mosquito plant leaves at any point in the growing season by gathering individual leaves or leafy stems.

Storage Fresh leaves or stems keep in water five to seven days.

For more information, visit the Citronella page in our How to Grow section.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons, fresh:
  • Calories: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Dietary fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Vitamin A: 3% DV
  • Vitamin C: 2%
  • Vitamin K: 0%
  • Vitamin B6: 0%
  • Folate: 1%
  • Potassium: 1%
  • Manganese: 2%

Nutritional Information

Commonly used as a flavoring in beverages and foods, mint is also believed to have medicinal purposes—both as a leaf and as an oil. Peppermint oil is often applied to the skin as a treatment for headaches, muscle and nerve pain, inflammation, and even for repelling mosquitoes. A good source of Vitamins A and C, mint helps with vision and immune functions. The herb is also packed with antioxidants that protect against cell damage, boost the immune system, and form collagen in the body.

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