Mosquito Repellant Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Pittsburgh, PA
Question by meesers
March 15, 1999
I need to know the name of the most mosquito repellant plant. I would prefer to start my own from seed.

Answer from NGA
March 15, 1999


There is a scented geranium that is rumored to have mosquito repellant properties. Its botanical name is Pelargonium crispum. The leaves of this geranium have a citrusy, lemon smell when crushed. To get the full effect, crush a few leaves and sit within a few feet of the plant.

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