One of the downsides of enjoying the outdoors is dealing with mosquitoes. There are some easy-to-grow plants with mosquito repelling properties, which is a nice option before reaching for a chemical solution.
At the EarthEasy.com blog they share 5 mosquito repelling plants like:
- Citronella – ‘clumping’ grass growing to a height of 5 – 6 feet. Looks great in a pot making to portable! Best grown in the garden or near the patio.
- Horsemint – also known as Bee balm (Monarda) – fast-growing, shade-tolerant and drought-resistant reaching a height and width of 2 – 3 feet. Repels mosquitoes much the same as citronella.
- Marigolds – hardy annual with a distinctive smell which some people and mosquitoes, find particularly offensive. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.
- Ageratum – Floss flower secretes coumarin, widely used in commercial mosquito repellents.
- Catnip – In August 2010, Iowa State University entomologists reported that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, the chemical found in most commercial insect repellents. [source]