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Pelargonium 'Citrosum'

 
Pelargonium 'Citrosum'
citronella, mosquito plant

Common name citronella, mosquito plant
Family geraniaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z9b-11)
Flowers pink (spring)
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Popular scented geranium, commonly grown near patios because it reportedly repels mosquitoes. I'm not sure it actually works, but sure enough, ours is planted right around the corner from our patio, and does perfume the air with its lemony fragrance. The winter after I planted it was mild, and our specimen came through without a problem. In mid-April, I was pleasantly surprised by its pretty purple-and-pink flowers, growing in clusters that contrast alluringly with the felted apple-green leaves. In its second year, our plant stunned me with super-fast growth, nearly covering the azalea planted next to it (in the picture above, I'd cut half of it down, and it's still a healthy mound).

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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