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- May 9, 2007 at 3:26 pm #259482Liss
Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These!
If you are a serious gardener, you spend lots of time outdoors. And,
for sure, you would rather be tending your plants than swatting
While there are many things you can do to keep mosquitoes away, there
are some plants that will beautify your yard and help repel
As one more way to keep mosquitoes away from you and your yard, try
planting these attractive plants.
horsemint has a scent similar to citronella. horsemint grows wild in
most of the eastern united states, from mexico, texas up to minnesota
to vermont. it is partial to sandy soils and will grow in usda zones
5-10. Native Americans used it as a treatment for colds and flu. It
has natural fungicidal and bacterial retardant properties because it’s
essential oils are high in thymol.
this wonderful herb we use for seasoning is also a great, natural
mosquito repellent. it has been used for centuries to keep pesky
mosquitoes away. rosemary is a native of the mediterranean, so it
likes hot, dry weather and well-drained soil. it is hardy in usda
zones 8-10, and must be grown as a pot plant in colder climates. If
you happen to live in a part of the country where rosemary does not
grow, you can get a good quality rosemary essential oil; mix 4 drops
with 14 cup olive oil. Store in a cool, dry place. When it comes to
fresh plant oils as natural mosquito repellents, there is every reason
to have the plant in your yard, if they will grow in your area. It is
an inexpensive and attractive way to boost the appearance of the
landscape and have natural mosquito repellents on hand as well.
organic gardeners have used marigolds as companion plants to keep
aphids away. mosquitoes don’t like its scent any better (and some
humans feel the same way). marigolds are sun-loving annuals that come
in a variety of shapes and sizes for almost any landscape. they are
quite easy to grow from seed.
this charming little bedding plant contains coumarin, and mosquitoes
detest the smell. it is used in the perfume industry and is even in
some commercial mosquito repellents. don’t rub ageratum on your skin,
though. it has some other less desirable elements that you don’t want
to keep on your skin in quantity. ageratums are annuals, and they come
in a muted blue and white that compliments most other plantings.
there are two types of plants that are called mosquito plants. one is
a member of the geranium family that was genetically engineered to
incorporate the properties of citronella. citronella only grows in
tropical places, but it is a well known repellent for mosquitoes. this
plant was created to bring the repellent properties of citronella into
a hardier plant. it will grow where any geranium will thrive. many
have questioned its usefulness as a mosquito repellent, but it is
attractive enough to warrant planting for it’s ornamental value.
the other kind of mosquito plant is agastache cana. its common names
include texas hummingbird mint, bubblegum mint, giant hyssop, or giant
hummingbird mint. as you might guess, hummingbirds are quite attracted
to it. it is a new mexico native, also found in parts of texas. it is,
in fact, a member of the mint family and its leaves do have a pungent
aroma when crushed. in its native habitat, it is perennial, and is
usually hardy in usda zones 5a-9a. It blooms late summer to early
fall, so it catches hummingbirds on their annual migration. The long,
medium pink flowers reel in butterflies as well.
one of the most powerful mosquito repellent plants is ordinary
catnip. recent studies have shown that it is ten times more effective
than deet at repelling mosquitoes. it is a short lived perennial
throughout most of the united states. it is easy to grow from seed,
and quickly reseeds. aside from its intoxicating effects on cats, the
leaves make a very soothing tea.
with all of these plants, the leaves must be crushed to release the
aroma. otherwise mosquitoes can’t smell them. and, with rosemary and
catnip, you can simply crush a few leaves and rub on your skin and
clothing to enhance the effect.
so, next time you are revising your plantings, consider using some of
these attractive plants to do more than just enhance the landscape.
you can have pretty ornamentals that also drive mosquitoes away.
kelly in il
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