Mosquito plant?

David R. Hershey dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Fri Mar 14 00:02:44 EST 1997

Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus) is the commercial source of the oil 
used in the widely sold citronella candles that are supposed to repel 
mosquitoes. I remember using citronella oil on my skin when I was a kid. 
It has a smell that some people like and others don't.

David R. Hershey

Snail mail: 6700 Belcrest Road #112, Hyattsville, MD 20782-1340

Adjunct Professor, Biology/Horticulture Dept.
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD 20772-2199

Email: dh321 at


On 13 Mar 1997, JeffRau wrote:

> I have heard that there is a plant which repells mosquitos with its smell.
>  Does anyone know:
> If such a plant exists?
> If so what is it called?
> Does the oder also repell humans?
> Maybe you have some other interesting information on the subject. 
> Thank you
> Jeff Rau
> JeffRau at

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