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Lemon pelargonium

Pelargonium citrosum

Mosquito plant, Citronella geranium, Robert's lemon rose (Eng.), Muskiet plant (Afr.).

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This fast growing pelargonium species is an elegant fragrant subshrub that has a citronella scent. Its highly aromatic fragrance makes this plant a must have in any herb or scented garden. It is a low maintenance plant that has many uses around the house and garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest fresh leaves to be dried and kept in potpourri bowls to re​pel annoying insects.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds immediately when they matured at a depth of 2 to 3 mm and space them 10 cm apart in seed trays.
Cuttings
Take 15-20cm cuttings and remove bottom leaves. Place in a well-draining soil mixture to root.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
It attracts bees.
Repels harmful insects
This species repels mosquitoes due to its high level of volatile oils within its leaves.
Pot plant
Works well in a large pot in a bright light position of the garden.
Attractive flowers
Pretty and understated flowers.
Drought resistant
Once established, pelargoniums can survive dry spells.

Geography

Origin
Tropical East Asia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

culinary
Popular in baking in flavouring - use the whole leaves in traditional malva pudding!
medicinal
A rolled leaf will help relieve an earache, it is used in traditional healing for cold sores, sore throats and infections.

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
White with pinky or purple markings.
Scent
Strong

Problems

This plant is generally pest and disease resistant, due to its strong fragrance and high oil content within the plant.

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