Mosquito repelling plants are an effective, natural way of keeping those troublesome mosquitoes at bay so you can enjoy your garden in the warm summer months. Many of these plants are also quite attractive and will enhance your landscape, leaving little reason not to give them a try. Here are mosquito-repellent plants to consider for your yard.
Rosemary is a marvelous herb that’s most often used for seasoning, but which is also an excellent natural mosquito repellent. It’s a traditional repellent, having been used for hundreds of years to keep the tiny predators at bay. Originally from the Mediterranean, rosemary prefers warm dry conditions and soil that drains well. In colder climates, rosemary needs to be cultivated as a houseplant. Oil of rosemary is an effective repellent if having a real plant is not an option.
Horsemint has a scent that’s reminiscent of citronella. It grows outside in most states to the east of the USA. It grows in Vermont, Minnesota, Texas, and Mexico. Horsemint grows best in soil that has a large sand content. The Native Americans were partial to using horsemint as a treatment for common ailments. It possesses natural bacterial and fungicidal retardant properties due to its essential oils that are rich in the chemical compound Thymol.
Ageratum is a small bedding plant with big potential that contains Coumarin, the smell of which mosquitoes absolutely detest. Ageratum is used in the commercial scent industry and even in popular mosquito repellent sprays. One notable feature of ageratum is that it is not good to allow it to make contact with your skin. Ageratums flower once per year and are an attractive white and blue.
Gardeners have been using marigolds to repel aphids from roses and other flowering plants for many years. Mosquitoes are no more partial to the scent of marigolds than aphids, and they are an excellent natural repellent. Marigolds need sunshine, and are available in a variety of sizes and shapes for virtually any scene. They are easily grown from seed at home if you procure the right seeds.
5. Mosquito Plants
These plants fall into two categories. The first is part of the geranium family of plants, but was engineered genetically to feature citronella as one of its properties. The idea behind this project was to introduce the mosquito repellent qualities of the citronella plant to one that would survive harsher conditions. It’s an attractive plant, but some people have doubts about its usefulness in repelling mosquitoes.
One other variety of mosquito plant is the Agastache Cana. Common names for it are Texas Hummingbird Mint, Giant Hummingbird Mint and Giant Hyssop.
Catnip is among the best ordinary mosquito repelling plants available anywhere. Scientific studies have proved that catnip is much more effective than chemicals at getting rid of mosquitoes. Catnip can easily be grown from seed, and it doesn’t take long to spread. You can also use it to make a tea with a calming effect.
With each of these plants, the leaves need to be crushed in order for the mosquito repellent properties to take effect.