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Mosquito repellent plants: the 5 most effective for balconies and interiors

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The mosquito repellent plants they are an excellent natural repellent to keep mosquitoes away from your balcony and your home. There are several and with characteristics that make them more or less suitable for different environments.

In this article you will find information on 5 most effective anti-mosquito plants, with features is prices.

Anti-mosquito plant no. 1: catambra

There catambra it is one of the most effective anti-mosquito plants of all thanks to the presence of catalpolo, a repellent substance contained in abundance in its leaves.

The original catambra plants are protected by a European Patent and are identifiable by a tear-proof label on the foliage bearing a special control code and an indelible stamp imprinted on the stem.

The catambra is a plant of the bignogniacee family native to Boreal America and can exceed 3 meters in height. In Italy it grows without difficulty even in the northern regions with a more rigid climate and does not require particular maintenance. Its leaves are odorless and the plant does not produce flowers.

The catambra is also available in pots and is therefore also suitable for apartments, offices or other indoor environments.

It can be purchased online on the site Ambrogioitalia.com owned by Ambrogioitalia S.r.l., a Brescia company that holds the European patent or authorized dealers.

A potted catambra with the details of the label and guarantee stamp on the sides of the image

Mosquito repellent plant no. 2: lemongrass

There lemongrass has long been known as effective anti-mosquito plant and also as a substance from which repellents are obtained in spray or stick version.

It is also widely used to make candles with a repellent effect, ideal for balconies and terraces.

Lemongrass is a perennial, evergreen herbaceous plant native to southern Asia. The most effective varieties in terms of repellent power are Cymbopogon Nardus and Cymbopogon Winterianus. In English it is commonly called lemongrass due to its lemon-like smell.

The plant has a bushy shape, with deep green leaves, and can reach a meter in height.

In Asia and Africa it is also used in cooking as an ingredient in herbal teas, soups and sauces.

You can see the photograph of a lemongrass plant in the opening image of this article.

By following this link you can buy on Amazon both i seeds how small lemongrass seedlings.

Mosquito repellent plant no. 3: catnip

L'catnip, scientific nameNepeta catariaIt is a powerful mosquito repellent, according to numerous studies, including the one conducted at Iowa State University by researcher Chris Peterson.

The plant grows in the temperate areas of Europe and is therefore very simple to grow in Italy. The name "catnip" derives from the fact that it is a very sought-after plant by cats who eat it to improve digestion or to cleanse the stomach of the fur that they often ingest when licking.

You can buy catnip seeds on Amazon for less than 5 Euros by following this link.

A cat eating catnip

Mosquito repellent plant no. 4: monarda

There monarda it is definitely the mosquito repellent plant with the most beautiful fuchsia flowers! Originally from North America and belonging to the Lamiaceae family, it grows easily and very quickly.

There monarda it loves sun exposure, is not afraid of drought and is very resistant. It is therefore an excellent balcony plant from all points of view.

The scent of its leaves sometimes recalls incense and sometimes bergamot in relation to the variety (eg Monarda Didyma and Monarda Citriodora). The dried leaves are used in tea or to make linen-scented bags.

On Amazon you can buy 460 seeds for around 8 Euros.

Monarda flowers

Mosquito repellent plant no. 5: lavender

There lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is probably the best indoor mosquito plant for its pleasant scent and for its blue flowers but also for the ease with which it is possible to grow it in pots.

Growing it is very simple as the plant does not require special attention and its repellent effect against mosquitoes and flies is proven.

Lavender is also excellent as a balcony mosquito plant for the scenic effect that its bushes can guarantee.

The dried leaves can also be stored in linen-smelling bags.

The seeds can be purchased for less than 4 Euros with shipping costs included on Amazon.

Mosquito repellent plants: do they really work?

L'repellent effect against plant mosquitoes that we have proposed in this article is proven by multiple direct experiences and by various studies.

Obviously you will have to use common sense and "calibrate expectations" in relation to the environments and arrangement of the plants.

You certainly cannot hope that just one of these plants in a single pot can keep mosquitoes away from open environments and several square meters or even worse on days of strong wind.

However, if you place several pots or plants underground in strategic points of your terrace or home, the mosquito repellent effect is guaranteed!

Considering the modest cost of these plants you can also try to combine them with each other, then choosing to keep the cultivation of those you will be most satisfied with.

Prices of mosquito repellent plants

In this article for each plant I have marked the link to the sites where you can buy the seeds or the plants directly. Prices for seeds start at 4 Euros including shipping while plants can cost 20 Euros.

Anti-mosquito plants: also effective against the tiger mosquito

The mosquito repellent plants that I have proposed to you are also effective against tiger mosquitoes, the most aggressive species that has spread in recent years in our country.


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