What plant makes citronella?

Jari Oksanen jari at ibg.uit.no
Sat Aug 10 13:04:49 EST 1996

In article <4ue8o9$3m6 at mtinsc01-mgt.ops.worldnet.att.net> J Kroin <hortus at worldnet.att.net> writes:

>Citronella is Collinsonia canadensis, also called horse balm. It is a 
>native of Vermont to Ontario and Wisc. and south to FL and ARK. It is 
>usually found in moist woods It can be grown in the wild garden. No so 
>likely as a house plant It is grown from seed or division.

>benmedia at mail.emji.net wrote:
>>I bought a _Pelargonium_citrosum_ cv. a couple of months ago 
>>at Walmart...it is a mosquito repellent plant that smells 
>>just like those Citronella candles.  _Pelargonium_ is the 
>>genus that geraniums fall into.  
Citronella is a many splendoured thing. The one I eat is the same as 
lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus). The one that makes citronella oil is 
Cymbopogon nardus. And then there is a Latin generic name Citronella in 
Icacinaceae. From local floras you will find many, many more colloquial or 
trade names. Make your pick. 
--- Jari Oksanen Tromssa, Ruija / Romsa, Norga / Tromsø, Norge

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