Citronella, Odomas - Plant
Description for Citronella, Odomas
Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon. The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals such as citronellal, citronellol, and geraniol. citronella plant is not the plant that produces citronella oil â€“ the active ingredient in citronella candles. The picture above shows the citronella plant; also called Pelargonium citrosum. This geranium is unrelated to the true citronellaNot only that but the scientific name of the plant is not even recognized as a valid name. It is a geranium (ie Pelargonium) and it sort of smells like citronella. It even has some of the same aromatic chemicals found in citronella, but it is a different plant.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Horse balm||Light yellow||August to September||2.00 to 4.00 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Mosquito plant is actually a scented geranium. The plant produces a pretty pinkish colored blooms in summer. Plant in spring after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed, about the same time you plant tomatoes.
|Part shade||Well-drained soil||Keep soil moist throughout the growing season.||32/27Â°C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Citronella
- Mosquito plant is actually a scented geranium.
- The plant produces a pretty pinkish colored blooms in summer.
- Plant in spring after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed, about the same time you plant tomatoes.
- Select a location with a little afternoon shade, and space plants 18 to 24 inches apart.
Typical uses of Citronella
Special features: Best grown in woodland, native plant or wildflower gardens.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.