Citronella mosquito plant provides a natural garden scent
(NC)—It's summertime and during certain months you will have to share your outdoor space with pesky mosquitoes. Many people burn citronella candles to ward off these determined insects. The citronella mosquito plant, while actually a geranium, has a scent that matches closely and complements citronella-scented candles.
It is best placed near a busy 'people place' such as a doorway or sitting area, either planted in a container or in the ground. When you brush past the plant or crush the leaves with your fingers, the mosquito plant releases a strong citrus-like fragrance.
Citronella grows two to three feet tall and can be used in your garden in full sun or part shade on its own or as a lovely green leafy backdrop for a bed of colourful flowers. More information on planting scented gardens is available at www.bonnieplants.ca.
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