The Mosquito Repellant Plant-proper Care For? - Knowledgebase Question

Beloit, OH
Question by brandonc
July 16, 2000
Is this plant a houseplant or do better outsidde? Does it come back? Does it give seeds or is it roots?


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Answer from NGA
July 16, 2000

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There are a number of plants commonly called mosquito plant but most of them are a type of, or are related to, the scented geraniums. These are not winter hardy and must be brought inside for the winter or replaced each year. The repellent is contained in the oil in the leaves. They must be bruised in order to smell and serve their purpose. In my experience they are not terribly effective and are enjoyable as a curiosity plant. They can be propagated most easily by rooting tip cuttings during the summer.

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