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Scented Geraniums as Mosquito Repellent

Scented geraniums (Pelargonium spp.) feature deeply lobed, slightly fuzzy green foliage that emits a range van cleef and arpels four leaf clover necklace imitation of fragrances that mimic everything from roses to pine to coconut, depending on cultivar. The lemon scented citrosa geranium (Pelargonium citrosum "Van Leeni"), has been touted as the "mosquito plant" for its supposed ability to keep the biting bugs away. While the plant looks pretty in pots on the patio table, don't rely on scented geraniums to keep you off the skeeter menu when dining al fresco. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11. Their sharp lemony scent is similar to citronellol, a main compound in the essential oil used in the natural mosquito repellent citronella.

Research Research published in "The Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association" in 1994 found "Van Leeni" an ineffective mosquito repellent. Researchers found no significant difference in the number of mosquitoes landing on a human in the center of a circle of the geraniums and one standing in an area with the same number of mosquitoes, but no plants. SchreiberPlantLust: Pelargonium CitrosumUniversity of Nebraska Lincoln: Citronella Plants Do They Really Work?

Resources (1) Green Thumb International: Mosquito PlantSuggest a Correction

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