Insect Repellent Plants
Using beautiful plants to keep away insects is a natural, safe alternative to using chemical sprays and bombs.
Plants that are commonly used you are probably already planting in your garden because they are so pretty 🙂
Let’s take a look at a few…click on the name of each plant to view an image….
- Citronella – Citronella is the most common ingredient in most mosquito repellents. The distinctive aroma is strong making it difficult for bugs to find you. Citronella is a grassy perennial and can grow up to 6 feet high. Plant Citronella along walkways and around your patio to allow its strong fragrance to keep the bugs away.
- Horsemint – Also known as Beebalm..Horsemint is also a perennial along the same lines as Citronella. It gives off a strong incense like fragrance that confuses mosquitoes. It is fast growing and can reach a height of up to 3 feet.
- Marigolds – Marigolds are annuals…so you have to plant them every year. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents. The fragrance tends to be strong and unpleasant. Marigolds are best used in flower beds and around vegetable gardens especially your tomato beds. Marigolds are fast, low growing plants.
- Catnip – Catnip is a weedy perennial plant. The natural oil in the leaves has been proven to be more effective in repelling mosquitoes that DEET. Catnip tends to bring the neighborhood cats around 😉
- Basil – Basil is one of the few herbs that give off a scent without the leaves having to be crushed or chopped. Lemon Basil has the most insect repelling powers. Plant around your vegetable garden or in pots placed around your seating areas.
- Feverfew – Feverfew is dual purpose. It is a perennial with daisy like flowers that have a strong bitter smell that bees especially dislike. Feverfew is also used as an herbal remedy for migraine headaches, and skin disorders.
- Lavender – Lavender is a perennial plant that can grow up to 3 feet height and had a wonderful aroma. Mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell of lavender. This makes lavender a welcome additional to your garden especially since lavender is such a beautiful plant when it blooms.
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