- COVID-19 misinformation claiming to be from Johns Hopkins circulates widely online
- 12 Plants That Repel Those Pesky Mosquitoes
- 12 Mosquito Repellent Plants
- 12 Plants to Use as a Natural Mosquito Repellent
- More Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away
- The Importance of Mosquito Control
- Appointments and Directions
- For New Patients
- International Patients
- For Returning Patients
- Late, Canceled and No Show Appointments
- Rescheduling Appointments
- Office Hours
- Our Office is closed for the following Holidays:
- After-Hours, Weekends and Holidays Calls
- Inclement Weather and Unexpected Closings
- Insurance / Billing Information
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- Prescription Policies and Prescription Refills
- Forms Completion
- Directions to The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center
- If You Want to Repel Mosquitoes, Start Growing These Plants in Your Backyard
- Herbs / Spices
- 12 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
COVID-19 misinformation claiming to be from Johns Hopkins circulates widely online
Misinformation about COVID-19 purporting to come from Johns Hopkins is circulating widely online, including one particular message described as an “excellent summary” that has been shared extensively worldwide in the past few weeks.
The message, which has no identifiable connection to Johns Hopkins, includes approximately 20 bullet points, the first of which begins “The virus is not a living organism … .” It is sometimes attributed to a Johns Hopkins doctor, or immunologist, or to “Irene Ken, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.”
The information, which is being widely shared via email and on social media, has been reviewed by the popular online fact-checking resource Snopes and labeled “misattributed.” A Johns Hopkins statement says the message “lack[s] credibility.”
“We have seen rumors and misinformation circulating on social around the coronavirus and have received questions from many of you about these posts,” Johns Hopkins Medicine said in a statement.
“Rumors and misinformation this can easily circulate in communities during a crisis. The rumors that we have seen in greater volumes are those citing a Johns Hopkins immunologist and infectious disease expert.
We do not know the origin of these rumors and they lack credibility.”
You can find reliable information about COVID-19 from Johns Hopkins experts at https://coronavirus.jhu.edu and https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/.
Experts suggest that when evaluating information you find online, confirm that it comes from a trusted source—such as the Centers for Disease Control and Infection, the World Health Organization, or a reputable news organization—before sharing it. If a post makes a scientific or medical claim and attributes it to a specific source, such as Johns Hopkins, try verifying the information through the organization's publicly available resources.
“If you see something on social media and you want to take action it, it is important to first check whether a trusted source, such as a local newspaper, has reported that information,” says Mark Dredze, an associate professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins who studies how information circulates via social media. “Be skeptical and consult a trusted authority. Go to the websites of the CDC or local public health authorities, and check if it's something they recommend. If it's something medically related, consult with your doctor.”
Tara Kirk Sell, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, studies misinformation and rumors in response to public health events. She shared her expertise in a recent episode of the Johns Hopkins podcast Public Health On Call.
“There are a number of things that can be harmful about [misinformation],” she said. “People can waste their money, people can think they're protected when they're not protected and take risky actions they shouldn't be taking, and sometimes these [fake] cures can harm people themselves.”
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12 Plants That Repel Those Pesky Mosquitoes
- The tiny white flowers of Callicarpa americana aren't much to look at, but the vibrant magenta berry clusters make this small shrub stand out in the landscape. Beautyberry plants are a member of the Lamiaceae family, which includes many mints. The fragrant oils released by crushing the leaves of the beautyberry repel mosquitos, and although not common as an edible, the leaves and berries of the American beautyberry are safe to eat.
- AlpamayoPhoto/Getty ImagesThe same plants that drive your cat to distraction can simultaneously protect Felix from mosquito bites. Join kitty for a romp through the Nepeta plants, or spread some clippings around the pool and patio for a bite-free relaxation zone. Try the 'Walker's Low' cultivar, which tolerates dry soils and blooms from April until September.
- Jeremy Villasis/Getty Images Somehow, the natural oils in Cymbopogon citratus manage to smell real lemons, only better. Lemongrass is a staple in Asian cooking, and its delicate fragrance lends a citrus note to some perfumes as well. Lemongrass is a tender plant, and won't survive the winter below zone 8, but it grows quickly in container culture. Coarsely chop the strappy leaves of this plant and strew them around your deck during your next gathering, both for mosquito repelling power and for the pleasing aroma.
- Simon McGill/Getty Images Marigold plants have a unique odor that can only be described as pungent. These mosquito-repelling annuals are easy to grow from seed and make a handsome addition to the flowering vegetable garden, where they might even repel other insect pests nematodes. The substance in marigolds that give them their mosquito-repelling power is pyrethrum, the same substance used in many organic insecticides.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
- Grow this and you can achieve that perfect mint mojito, and then sip it outdoors without the buzzkill of mosquitoes. All types of mint plants repel mosquitoes, and there are more varieties than you thought: explore the subtle differences between spearmint and peppermint, or marvel at just how much the chocolate mint plant smells a candy dish. All mints grow and spread wildfire, so harvest them with abandon in your pursuit to banish mosquitoes.
- Jenny Dettrick/Getty ImagesAlthough lavender growers covet the purple flower spikes for their fragrance, the sweet soapy perfume of lavender permeates the foliage as well, not just the flowers. It's a fact that mosquitoes do not this smell, and the pleasing nature of lavender fragrance means you can rub the plants on your skin as a kind of natural repellent: finely chop the plants and mix with sweet almond oil as a skin preparation, or, in a pinch, just crush the plants and rub on skin and clothing.
- Niyada Chaiyos/Getty Images People have used rosemary as natural pest control for years, as insects shy away from its piny scent. Rosemary-laden smoke from a grill is particularly effective at banishing mosquitoes from an outdoor area, and it will do double-duty in flavoring your meats as well. Rosemary does need full sun to prevent needle drop, but it prefers to dry out between waterings.
- Jose Mari Cariaga/Getty Images Lantana flowers have such a potent effect against mosquitoes, a scholarly journal published a report about it: The Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association (yes, there is such a journal) shares that “lantana flower extract in coconut oil provided 94.5 percent protection from Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti” mosquitoes. In fact, this oil preparation protected from mosquitoes for an average of two hours, with no adverse effects to humans. What a bonus that lantana flowers are so easy to grow in warm sunny locales, and attract butterflies as well.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
- Fennel plants are often left the herb garden in favor of more compact plants, but fennel plants have multiple uses in addition to their mosquito repellent properties: the feathery plants are as ornamental as any tall garden grass, the chopped leaves are delicious in salads and soups, and the leaves host swallowtail butterfly caterpillars in the garden. Bronze fennel is especially lovely in the back of the border, will self-seed to produce a handsome colony for the following season.
- Nataniel McIntosh/Getty Images As a native tree in Australia and the Philippines, the eucalyptus tree can soar to 60 feet tall after several years. Because it's a tender plant that won't survive a hard freeze, the better alternative for many gardeners is to grow the eucalyptus as a potted plant. For short term potting, choose a quick-growing species E. globulus bicostata, which will give you many fragrant leaves to harvest for mosquito repelling. For a plant that will live for several years in a pot, choose a slow-growing eucalyptus E. vernicosa. Eucalyptus plants full sun and rich soil.
- Barbara Rich/Getty ImagesThe fast-growing leaves of the basil plant are as repugnant to mosquitoes as they are a delicious addition to our pestos and salads. Not all basil types are created equal when it comes to repelling mosquitoes, and the extra-spicy Thai basil, with its narrow foliage and cinnamon scent, has the best ability to fend off the insects. All basil plants need full sun and warm growing temperatures, which make them great companion plants for tomatoes.
- Luca Vittone/Getty Images Thyme rounds out the list of savory herbs that repel mosquitoes, making one wonder if a homemade soup might be the best remedy of all for getting rid of these nuisance insects. Plant thyme between stepping stones in the garden, where your steps will crush some leaves and release the mosquito-repelling oils.
12 Mosquito Repellent Plants
Most insect-repelling plants do so with their natural fragrances, which keep annoying mosquitoes away and introduce wonderful scents throughout your garden.
If you don't want to douse yourself or your garden in chemical bug sprays you can grow some of these plants to help keep mosquitoes away naturally.
Plant these plants in areas where guests will be often such as by a seating area or a doorway.
12 Plants to Use as a Natural Mosquito Repellent
Have you ever noticed that insects or even rabbits and other animals have never decimated your lavender plant? It is because of their lovely fragrance, which comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant.
It is even argued that lavender oil hinders a mosquito’s ability to smell! This plant is very tough and drought-resistant once established, and only needs full sun and good drainage. And while it can endure many climates, it thrives in warmer areas.
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Marigolds, an easy-to-grow annual flower, emit a smell that deters mosquitoes. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out. Marigolds are also a popular addition to borders and vegetable gardens.
According to NYBG, not only can they keep away mosquitoes, but they also dissuade aphids, thrips, whiteflies, Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms.
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- Citronella Grass
Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants.
In fact, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden recommends lemon-scented plants such as citronella grass to keep mosquitoes at bay. And the good news is that the living plant is the most effective at repelling pests.
This low maintenance plant does best in large planters because it cannot withstand frost, but in warmer climates, can be planted directly a sunny area in the ground. Also, when buying Citronella, make sure you buy Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus, which are true varieties.
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Catnip (catmint) can be found thriving almost anywhere. It is from the mint family and grows abundantly both as a commercial plant and as a weed. It is very easy to take care of and may even start to invade other areas of your garden.
However, if you are willing to forgo this plant’s insidious nature, they are amazing mosquito repellants and another recommendation from the BBG. In a study at Iowa State University, catmint was found to be ten times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellants.
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- RosemaryAnother great mosquito repellant is rosemary. Both the New York Botanical Garden and PlantShed recommended this plant. Rosemary is an herb that many of us are very familiar with and their woody scent is exactly what keeps mosquitoes as well as cabbage moths and carrot flies away. They do best in hot and dry climates and thrive in containers, which may be ideal for areas with winters. They can also be pruned into all sorts of shapes and sizes and make great borders or decorations. While the pests stay away you can enjoy the herb’s scent and also use it to season your cooking.
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Basil is another herb that can also double as a pest repellent. The pungent smell the basil leaves give off are what keep pests at bay. And since all kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, feel free to explore and find the right types of basil to mix into your garden. This herb s to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun. You can plant basil in containers or in the garden, alone or with other flowers, as long as both plants meet the same requirements.
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- Scented GeraniumsScented geraniums seem to be a popular mosquito repelling plant. Recommended by PlantShed, BBG, and NYBG, the favored scent seems to be lemon scented, which is reminiscent of citronella grass. They are beautiful blooms with a strong fragrance that keep several types of pests away. These fast growing plants warm, sunny, and dry climates, but if you are in a cold climate area, they can be grown in planters with constant pruning.
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- Bee Balm
Want to attract good bugs bees and butterflies, while deterring the bad ones? Then bee balm, also known as Monarda or horsemint, is the plant for you. Simply crush its leaves to release the fragrant oils. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy colorful flowers, in shades of red, pink, lavender, white, or purple, all summer long.
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- MintMint is an excellent nontoxic option for keeping mosquitoes, flies and even ants away. The more pungent the aroma, the less bugs you’ll have. Grow it in pots on your patio where it can be easily reached if you want to drop a leaf or two in your afternoon tea. You can even dry the leaves and use them inside your home as a natural pest control method.
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- Floss Flower
This attractive annual flower makes great bedding or container plants. Floss flower contains coumarin, a chemical that helps repel mosquitoes—but, also makes it toxic if ingested by pets or humans.
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If you love gathering around a fire pit in your backyard, then plant some sage nearby. Toss some of the plant into the flames and its earthy smell will ward off bugs. Sage can also be dried and used to make homemade bug spray.
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These bulbs, which include garlic and onions, release a strong fragrance that mosquitoes don’t . You’ll enjoy the whimsical globe-shaped flowers of allium that seem to float atop long slender, stems.
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2. Marigolds – buy now on Amazon
- An ornamental annual flower
- Emits a smell that deters mosquitoes
- Does well in pots, borders or the vegetable garden
3. Citronella Grass – buy now on Amazon
- Most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellents
- Does best in large planters (cannot withstand frost)
- Make sure you buy Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus
- Get design ideas for using grasses in your garden
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- From the mint family
- Very easy to take care of
- Can become invasive
- Found to be ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET
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- An herb with a woody scent
- Does best in hot and dry climates
- Will thrive in containers elsewhere
- Can be creatively pruned for borders or decoration
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- An herb that keeps flies and mosquitos at bay
- s to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun
- Plant in containers or in the garden
- All types of basil work as mosquito repellents
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- Lemon is the favored scent for keeping mosquitos away
- Beautiful blooms with a strong fragrance
- Fast growing
- s warm, sunny, and dry climates
- Check out our article about growing rose-scented geraniums
8. Bee Balm – buy now from Proven Winners
- Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
- Deters bugs that bite
- Release fragrant oils by crushing leaves
- Flower colors: red, pink, purple, white
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- Nontoxic pest control
- Use in drinks and food
- Also effective against flies and ants
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- Bulbs with whimsical globe-shaped flowers
- Includes garlic and onions
- Releases strong fragrance
We consulted with the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Plantshed for the best plant options.
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More Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away
In addition to growing the plants listed above, you should also practice good mosquito control in your garden so that the pests don’t get hand.
The best thing you can do is prevent water from collecting and becoming stagnant; mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs even in a tiny spoonful of standing water.
Mosquito rings can be used virtually anywhere you have standing water — rain barrels, birdbaths, water gardens, ponds — even animal watering troughs. They contain a naturally occurring bacterium (Bt israelensis) that kills mosquito larvae.
There are also other natural products available that can help ward off mosquitoes in your garden. These include, citronella torches and candles, as well as essential oils derived from the plants listed here.
The Importance of Mosquito Control
Throughout the years, mosquitoes have transmitted many diseases including malaria, dengue, yellow fever, encephalitis, and more recently the West Nile and Zika viruses. Mosquitoes are even to blame for heartworm in dogs. So it isn’t just about the annoyance or the itchy bite, it is a health concern for your family and pets.
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If You Want to Repel Mosquitoes, Start Growing These Plants in Your Backyard
If your region is currently in its warm/wet season, you have ly swatted away more than your fair share of the dreaded blood-sucking mosquito. They’re not only annoying–insistent on interrupting your campfire fun and producing extremely itchy bumps–they’re also potentially dangerous, depending on whether contaminated blood has mingled within its body.
What’s worse than enjoying a fine summer evening among your garden, patio, or hardscaped pond area only to be disturbed by these flying fiends?
We’ll help you prepare for next time. Skip the chemicals and grow these mosquito-repelling plants near your happy place.
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Basil – Due to its essential oils that are extracted for mosquito repellent spray, simply planting these nearby may help deter mosquitoes.
Catnip – One of the main ingredients in catnip was found to be 10 times stronger than the popular DEET repellent, according to one research study.
Clove – Extract the oil from cloves and apply to skin for a personal repellent.
Garlic – Mince, slice, or grate–then sprinkle around the perimeter of the area to be protected. Or, mix with pleasant-smelling oils to produce a body spray.
Lemon balm – The leaves of this minty herb can be crushed and rubbed on skin to repel mosquitoes. Grow them in your garden for added protection and easy access.
Lemon thyme – Repels for the same reason as many other citrus products: mosquitoes detest the scent.
Peppermint – Plant to repel, but if you do get bit, rub a leaf on your skin to alleviate the itch.
Rosemary – The plant itself will help repel mosquitoes, but its oils can also be used as an ingredient in a spray applied to skin.
Stone root – A mint family plant that is easy-to-grow and can be crushed and boiled to form a mosquito repellent.
Lavender – Not only a repellent, but pretty and aromatic. You can even grow these inside in a sunny windowsill.
Lemon scented geranium – Plant these nearby so that you can easily crush up their leaves to produce a lemony-scented repellent. Sprinkle the crushed leaves around your area.
Lemon verbena – Both the plant and its oils smell lemon and will ward off mosquitoes. Can be used on skin.
Marigolds – There’s no downside to this scenario: if marigolds fail to repel, instead eat the flowers or use as a colorful garnish. Can be easily planted in a container and moved to desired area.
Nodding onion – This flowering plant has an effective mosquito repellent inside of it. Grind or blend the plant to produce a juice that is safe for the skin.
Pineapple weed – Its citrusy scent is wise offensive to mosquitoes.
Pitcher plant – This carnivorous plant will literally devour your mosquito infestation.
Sweet fern – Throw some sweet fern into your campfire to clear the surrounding area of mosquitoes. Or, use its oil as a body spray.
Wild bergamot – Can be irritating to skin if used in large quantities, so be sure to dilute with water and do an irritation check first. Recommended for repelling mosquitoes only if the plant already exists in your garden since there are less irritable options available.
Wormwood – Contains a very strong odor. Crush up the leaves and scatter around problem areas.
Cadaga – The scent of the cadaga tree is unattractive to mosquitoes.
Cedar – Its oils are often included in mosquito spray products.
Eucalyptus – This tree’s oils can be created into a gentle, aromatic repellent for your skin.
Tea – Tea-tree oil is a popular repellent; its scent is too strong for many bugs to withstand. Although natural, it is toxic if swallowed, and high concentrations can irritate the skin (be sure to dilute).
Lemon Grass – Last but not least. A must-have. The popular citronella oil is derived from lemon grass. Easiest to grow from a mature plant.
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12 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Every year, the rainy season ushers in springtime, which is a welcome arrival. Rather less unwelcome is what spring—and then, eventually, the heat of summer—inevitably brings. Mosquitos buzz in, emerging from eggs laid in stagnant water across the region.
Fun, right? There are a few ways to encourage mosquitos and other biting pests to fly right by, and one such strategy involves the plants nearby.
Surround yourself with carefully chosen plantings, and you might just be on your way to warding off the South's pesky populations of mosquitos.
We've compiled a list of plants with fragrant foliage that have been known, either anecdotally or scientifically, to repel mosquitos and other bothersome insects.
Their aromas signal to mosquitos that the environment is not hospitable and that they shouldn't stick around. Some are herbs with multiple uses, making them do-it-all plantings in the garden and the kitchen, too.
So get to planting—surround yourself with these plants, and you just might be able to say good-bye to those pesky garden visitors this season.
This easy-to-plant herb has fragrant leaves and thrives in hot and humid climates, making it perfect for Southern landscapes. Its green leaves are a popular addition to kitchens across the globe. Once planted, basil requires full sun and regular watering. The strong, fresh fragrance of Lemon basil (Ocimum x citriodorum) has been known to ward off mosquitos in the garden.
Catnip, also known as catmint, has aromatic, bright green leaves and small blossoms. It is a low-maintenance planting that tolerates full sun or partial shade and moderate to regular watering. Nepetacataria x Citriodora is a good choice for mosquito-repelling, as its fragrant foliage has a citrusy, lemony scent.
This plant is a tropical perennial that's widespread in Asia and the coasts of the Pacific. It's also the origin of the known mosquito repellent citronella, the essential oil derived from the plant's tall grassy stalks, that's widely marketed in candles and repellent sprays.
Whether chopping, cooking, or eating, the scent of garlic is a notorious lingerer.
It sticks to fingers, utensils, and breath, and it's that quality—the potency of the oily, smelly allicin compound created when cloves of garlic are broken down—that makes it a potential mosquito repellent. Plant bulbs of garlic, and provide them with full sun and regular water to encourage them to thrive in your garden.
Rumor has it mosquitos don't love the scent of lavender.
This showy plant has origins in the Mediterranean region, and it's prized for its downy leaves, purple blooms, and strong, heady fragrance.
Not all lavender can thrive when planted outdoors in the South, but with appropriate care—and planting in well-draining, gravel-heavy soil—they have the potential to become perennial garden fixtures.
Lemon balm, the plant also known as sweet balm, has heavily perfumed foliage, which, according to The Southern Living Garden Book, is “used fresh in cold drinks, fruit cups, salads, fish dishes; dried leaves give lemon perfume to sachets, potpourris,” with the additional use of potentially warding off mosquitos.
It's a tender perennial that thrives in full sun with regular water. According to The Southern Living Garden Book, “All plant parts are strongly lemon scented and are widely used as an ingredient in Southeast Asian cooking.” Its powerful, citrusy aroma is also used to repel mosquitos, as it is akin to the fragrant oils found in citronella-scented products.
Growing marigold plants provides showy garden color as well as an easily identifiable fragrance, one that is known to repel mosquitos. (Even some people find it repellent.
) The Southern Living Garden Book describes marigold foliage as “finely divided, ferny, [and] usually [with] strongly scented leaves.
” When touched, copper canyon daisy (Tagetes lemmonii) leaves emit a very strong aroma, as does the foliage of Mexican mint marigold (Tagetes lucida), which smells strongly of tarragon.
Pennyroyal, a type of mint, gives off a strong fragrance in the form of a classic mint scent. It also possess a powerful flavor; according to The Southern Living Garden Book, the plant is “poisonous if consumed in large quantities but safe as a flavoring.” It requires regular watering in a cool climate.
Another form of mint, peppermint, offers a strong, fresh fragrance from tall columns of deep green aromatic leaves. (It can grow to over three feet tall.) Peppermint has also been known to repel mosquitos. It is widely known for its flavoring potential, and its fragrance has been adopted for everything from toothpaste to tea.
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Aromatic rosemary is a low-maintenance planting, needing just full sun and low to moderate watering in well-draining soil. It's also known for its mosquito-repelling potential.
‘Benenden Blue' smells strongly of pine, and its foliage has a bitter taste.
‘Very Oily' grows to tall heights and considerable widths and, according The Southern Living Garden Book, it's notable “for its high essential-oil content,” a characteristic which also may help in repelling pests.
There exist many species of scented geraniums, the foliage of which carries a heavy aroma and is accompanied by showy flowers.
Prince of Orange Geranium (Pelargonium citrosum) and other citrus-scented species,lime geranium (P. nervosum), have been known to deter mosquitos.
Other species also carry strong scents that may help in this garden effort, including peppermint geramium (P. tomentosum).