Pelargonium 'citrosum' is marketed as "mosquito plant" or "citrosa geranium" in stores in the United States and Canada, even though research indicates the plant is ineffective against Aedes aegypti mosquitos. "Not only was the plant ineffective at protecting humans against Aedes mosquito bites, the mosquitoes were seen landing and resting on the citrosa plant on a regular basis."
The citronella geranium is not to be confused with others that are also called "mosquito plant", nor with the group of plants also known as citronella grass, or with Citronella mucronata (Chilean Citronella).
Pelargonium 'citrosum' is hardy to USDA Zone 10-11.
- "Study Shows Citrosa Ineffective as Mosquito Repellent.". content.herbalgram.org. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
- "Pelargonium 'Citriodorum' (Sc) AGM". RHS Plant Selector. Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Matsuda, Brent M.; Surgeoner, Gordon A.; Heal, James D.; Tucker, Arthur O.; Maciarello, and Michael J., Essential oil analysis and field evaluation of the citrosa plant "Pelargonium citrosum" as a repellent against populations of Aedes mosquitoes. Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Can. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association (1996), 12(1), 69-74. Publisher: American Mosquito Control Association, CODEN: JAMAET ISSN: 8756-971X. Journal written in English.
- Fine Gardening (January 2012). Container Garden Idea Book. Taunton Press. pp. 152–. ISBN 978-1-60085-395-1.
- Is This Plant a Hoax? by Arthur O. Tucker and Michael J. Maciarello, Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Delaware State College
- IPNI Listing
- Kew Plant List
|This rosid article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|
|This horticulture article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|