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Pelargonium ‘Citronella’ (Scented Geranium)

Scented Geranium 'Citronella', Citronella Geranium

Pelargonium Citronella, Scented Geranium 'Citronella', Citronella Mosquito Plant, Citronella Geranium, evergreen perennial, evergreen shrub, lavender flowers, pink flowers
Pelargonium Citronella, Scented Geranium 'Citronella', Citronella Mosquito Plant, Citronella Geranium, evergreen perennial, evergreen shrub, lavender flowers, pink flowers
Pelargonium Citronella, Scented Geranium 'Citronella', Citronella Mosquito Plant, Citronella Geranium, evergreen perennial, evergreen shrub, lavender flowers, pink flowers

Pelargonium ‘Citronella’ (Scented Geranium) is an upright, evergreen, tender perennial with deeply cut, crinkled and serrated, soft green leaves. Strongly scented, the pretty leaves exude a delicious, sharp citrus scent when bruised. In summer, clusters of small lavender-pink flowers adorned with deep crimson brush marks on their top petals, are nicely set off by the foliage. Place this scented geranium where its foliage can be easily brushed, such as in containers or edgings along paths. Although this plant does not have real value as an insect repellent, most gardeners are delighted with the refreshing fragrance it brings to their garden settings.

  • Grows with an upright bushy habit up to 24 in. tall (60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in moderately fertile, neutral or alkaline, well-drained soils. Best in full sun, but welcomes some light shade in the heat of the day. Water regularly during growing season. Drought tolerant, once established.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens, city gardens or containers. Also very effective grouped or massed in herb gardens.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for glasshouse whitefly, caterpillars, glasshouse leafhopper, aphids, vine weevil and root mealybugs.
  • Promptly deadhead spent flowering stems. Pinch stems to prevent legginess and promote bushiness. Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring, late summer and autumn.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geraniaceae
Genus Pelargonium
Common names Scented Geranium, Geranium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Pelargonium x domesticum (Regal Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Mrs Quilter’ (Zonal Geranium)
Pelargonium odoratissimum (Apple Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Grace Thomas’ (Scented Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ (Scented Geranium)
Pelargonium tomentosum (Peppermint Geranium)

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geraniaceae
Genus Pelargonium
Common names Scented Geranium, Geranium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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