21 Plants that repel mosquitoes naturally

The warm weather in the summer brings back friends in the yard, backyard barbecues, splashing pool times, and a lot of joy in your outdoor. Pesky Mosquitoes are unwelcomed guests who can spoil your fun by buzzing in your ear, leaving itchy bites and causing some health risks.

These creatures are attracted to carbon dioxide emitted from our breath, the smell of our sweat, and the warmth of our bodies. Which makes us the prime dinner choice of them in the summer.

No one wants mosquitoes around, and we do many things to get rid of them. Some people use chemicals, sprayers and some products contain toxic chemicals to control mosquitoes. But it can be harmful to you, your family, your pet, and to the environment.

Is there any natural solution for this? Are there any plants that repel mosquitoes? The simple answer is yes and there are lots of choices. Then which plants can repel mosquitoes?

In this article, we are going to introduce 21 plants and herbs that you can easily grow in your garden and deter mosquitoes. The natural fragrance of these plants will keep mosquitoes out of your yard for sure and introduce a fresh, soothing aroma. Additionally, these plants will make your garden looks attractive and beautiful.

Widely used Plants and Herbs for repelling mosquitoes

1. Citronella

Citronella (Cybopogon nardus) – (Image by Bishnu Sarangi)

Citronella is one of the most commonly used ingredients in many mosquito repellents. Usually available in the forms of scented candles, essential oil, torches, incense sticks, and plants.

The strong odor of the plant makes it an effective choice for repelling mosquitoes naturally.

You can even rub some crushed leave on uncovered skin for more protection.

As per experts, the strong aroma masks other scents (attractants) like the smell of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), and avoid mosquitoes from attracting.

This is an easy to grow, low maintenance plant, and grows up to 5 or 6 feet high. You can make new plants from established ones by, splitting large clumps into smaller sections and replanting in new locations.

It prefers well-drained soil, full sun/partial shade, and warmer climates. However, Citronella plants cannot survive against frost. Can be planted directly in your garden bed, yard, or in pots. You can keep potted plants inside to protect them during winters.

Always make sure that you are buying Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus, which are the true variants with mosquito repelling qualities. 

Perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 11. Need winter protection in other zones.

2. Bee Balm

Bee Balm/Horsemint (Monarda didyma) – (Image by Theo Dawson)

Do you want to deter mosquitoes from your yard while attracting friendly pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds? Then this is the plant you should have in your garden.

Just like Citronella, the strong aroma of Bee Balm confuses the mosquitoes by masking the smells of hosts and keep them away from you.

The plant is also known in the names of Wild Bergamot, Monarda, and Horsemint.

The flowers bloom all summer long as tiny clusters with shades of red, purple, pink, or white.

This is a very easy to grow, shade tolerant, drought-resistant plant and grows up to 1 to 4 feet. Prefer full sun, well-drained soil and does well in sandy, dry, salty conditions as well.

You can take plants by either spreading seeds directly on to garden bed or sowing indoors in trays and then transplanting them into pots or flower beds. Potted plants can be moved in to indoors to protect during winter.

Always keep in mind that Bee Balm is an invasive plant and could take over your yard. Hence my advice is to contain it in a pot.

Dried leaves are used to make herbal tea which can fight against fungal infections. The fresh leaves taste great in soups and are used to garnish salads and other dishes.

Monarda didyma, Monarda fistulosa, Monarda citriodora are variants with different shaded blooms, that you can try.

Can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 10. Perennial in zones 4 to 9.

3. Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) – (Image by R. E. Beck)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a member of the mint family and contains nepetalactone, a chemical that is well known as a strong mosquito repellent. A study done by Iowa State University in 2010 revealed that catnip is 10 times effective than DEET, a chemical ingredient commonly found in mosquito repellents.

It is a feline attractor and the odor will drive your cat crazy as they love to smell, rub and roll around it.

The plant can repel mosquitoes within close proximity. Rubbing some crushed catnip leaves or catnip oil on your skin will give you some extra protection. However, your cat would respond to you as they do with the plant itself.

The plant can survive under almost every condition and less care needed. Still, the plant prefers full sun/partial shade and well-drained soil.

You can make new plants from seeds.

It grows up to 3 to 5 feet tall and blooms tiny white and purple flowers which can add more beauty to your garden.

This is a fast-growing plant and could take over your garden bed. Hence be mindful about that. Always good to contain it in a pot.

Usually grown USDA plant hardiness zone 3 to 9. Perennial in zones 4 to 8.

4. Marigolds

French marigold (Tagetes patula) – (Image by yganeshbabu)

Marigold contains Pyrethrum which is found in many bug repellents. The distinctive aroma of the plant deters mosquitoes and is sometimes mentioned as “nature’s insecticide.”

This easy to grow plant prefers full sunlight, warmer climates, well-drained soil, and grows up to 3 feet tall. Always do water letting the soil dry out.

Can be grown in containers or directly in the garden, flower bed. You can place potted plants near your patio, entrance to your home, or open windows to keep mosquitoes out.

Plants can be easily taken by sowing seeds directly on to the garden or from plant sales outlets.

The beautiful and vibrant yellow, gold, orange, red burgundy shaded annual blooms have a strong fragrance and attract Bees and Butterflies. Make sure to clip away spent flowers to promote additional blooms.

Marigold is used as an ornamental edging plant around flower bed borders and vegetable gardens.

Apart from mosquitoes, this plant can deter insects like aphids, whiteflies, Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, tomato hornworms, nematodes (microscopic worms that attack vegetable roots), and animals like rabbit, deer, rat. Hence planting Marigold nearby, helps to grow a healthy vegetable garden.

Tagetes patula (French marigold), Tagetes erecta (African marigold), Tagetes lucida (Mexican Mint Marigold) are variant that you need to look for better results.

Can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 11 and perennial in zones 8 to 10.

5. Lavender

English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – (Image by Hans Braxmeier)

It is said that the odor of Lavender hinders the mosquito’s ability to smell and drives away mosquitoes plus other pests like moths, flies, fleas while attracting butterflies, bees.

Some people rub crushed lavender flowers or leaves on the skin to repel mosquitoes.

Very tough, and easy to grow plant perennial in warm climates with well-draining soil and full sun. It can survive in many climates, particularly during drought.

This annual herb can be planted in containers or in your flower bed, around the garden border, or near entryways. The only requirement is full sun and ordinary soil with good drainage. Grows up to 3 to 4 feet in height. It’s a fast-growing plant, and make sure to keep it in a large container or reserve more space from the flower bed or contain its growth.

The gorgeous purple or blue shaded, tiny, tubular blooms and its soothing scent can calm your mind. Flowering happens in late spring through summer and deadheading will encourage more flowers.

Place some dry lavender flowers in the closet, clothes drawers, or wardrobes to repel moths and to add a pleasantly fragrance to clothes. Grow a plant or place a bouquet inside to fill your home with its significant calming aroma and to keep mosquitoes, flies away.

Lavender oil is extracted from flowers and is applied to the skin as a mosquito repellent. As additional benefits, it nourishes the skin and acts as a sleep inducer.

Lavender is a very popular herbal tea ingredient.

Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) is the most grown. But Lavandula stoechas (French Lavende), Lavandula dentata (Fringed Lavender), and Lavandula multifida (Egyptian lavender) can also be grown.

Grown in USDA plant hardiness zone 5 to 9. Perennial in zones 7 to 9.

6. Floss flower

Floss Flower (Ageratum Houstonianum) – (Image by Goran Horvat)

Floss Flower (Ageratum Houstonianum) is also known as Ageratum or Bluemink. It contains coumarin which is a chemical used in commercial mosquito repellants. The smell is not tolerated by mosquitoes and it even respells flies, deer, rabbits.

Crushing leaves may increase the emitted aroma. However, is not recommended to rub crushed leaves on the skin. It can also become toxic if swallowed by pets or humans.

Blue, purple, pink, white shaded fuzzy flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds and will be a great addition to the flower bed, containers, or as an edging plant or in rock gardens.

The flowers also have a strong fragrance and are mindful when you touch with bare hands as it is allergic to some people.

It’s a low-growing, annual, ornamental plant and grows up to 0.5 to 2 feet tall. Prefer full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. This plant does not require rich soil and adapt well to all types of soil but fertilize for more blooms.  Do water regularly without letting the soil dry out.

This robust and frost tolerant plant has a long blooming session from mid-summer to fall.

Seeds can be used to grow new plants.

Can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 12 and perennial in zones 10 to 11.

7. Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) – (Image by Tookapic)

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an herb that we use to flavor our favorite recipes, soups, salads, and to prepare delicious pesto sauce. Have you ever known that the unique aroma of Basil can repel mosquitoes? Not only mosquitoes, but it can also repel flies as well.

For more results, you can crush some leaves and rub on your skin or keep them in your pocket.

A very easy plant to grow and maintain. Grows up to 1 to 2 feet tall. Enjoys full sun and well-drained and moist soil.

For health growth, add some all-purpose fertilizer monthly. Remove any flower buds as it stops producing new leaves once the flowers come up.

This bushy annual plant can be grown in pots, containers, or directly in raised garden beds alone or with other plants. Potted plants can be kept around your patio, porch, sitting areas, or inside the home. Lovely green leaves and white, tiny blooms will make it more attractive.

Basil is known to be toxic to mosquito larvae and you can keep some plants near stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.

There are many varieties of Basils around. As I have experienced lemon basil and cinnamon basil seem more effective in deterring mosquitoes. Do research by yourself and find the suitable types of basil for your garden.

Can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zone 2 to 11 and perennial in zones 10 and above.

8. Peppermint

Mint (Mentha piperita) – (Image by Congerdesign)

Peppermint is an herb well known for its various culinary usages: Dried leaves for tea, Fresh leaves for cocktails and garnishing, Shredded leaves for salads, and many more.   

Similar to most plants in the Mint family, its strongest fragrance found in the leaves stems and flowers can drive away Mosquitoes. Bugs like ants, flies, spiders even mice hate the smell of it. It has also been proven that peppermint is toxic to mosquito larvae as well.

Peppermint is much effective than other Mint variants; Chocolate mint, Apple mint, Lemon mint, and many others.

Peppermint leaves and oil are used as a remedy for itchy mosquito and bug bites by rubbing onto the skin.

This hardy, easy to grow plant prefers full sun and damp soil and grows up to 1 to 3 feet tall. Better to keep in a partially shaded place and water regularly without letting the soil dry out.

It’s an aggressive plant that can invade your garden if you haven’t paid any attention to it. Once established, it would be really difficult to get rid of it.  Hence, I prefer to contain it in a pot or container and place it in the garden or on the patio.

You can make new plants by cutting a peppermint stem just below a node and sticking it in moist soil.

Tiny, purple-colored, tubular-shaped flowers bloom from early summer to autumn.

Dried leaves are used as a natural pest control method inside the home.

Always look for variants Mentha piperita and Mentha balsamea which are the true plants.

Found to be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9 and perennial in zones 5 to 9.

9. Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) – (Image by PxHere)

The gorgeous pennyroyal flower attracts beautiful butterflies and meanwhile act as a strong mosquito deterrent. Being a member of the Mint family, the strong smell of pennyroyal also keeps away flies and fleas. Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is known to be one of the most effective pest repelling plants.

For better results, crush some pennyroyal stems or leaves and place them in your pockets. Do not apply on your skin.

Dried pennyroyal leaves can be tossed around the house so that mosquitoes and insects will not come near.

This herb thrives in humid conditions with full sun and moist, loamy soil that is not saturated. Grows up to 1 foot in height.

Blooms purple, blue shaded flowers in mid-summer.  You can plant it around your flowerbeds and are well known as great groundcovers. New plants can be taken by division, seeds, stem cuttings.

Caution: Pennyroyal oil has been found to be very potent and toxic for humans and animals. The plant is safe to grow around your house. However, my advice is to grow it in a container and keep it away from kids, pregnant women, and pets under your control.

According to some historic records pennyroyal vapor was used to cleanse toxins from the body for abortions.

Grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 9. Perennial in zones 6 to 9.

10. Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) – (Image by Samuele Schirò)

We use Rosemary as a seasoning herb and to add an extra flavor to our meat and fish dishes, especially lamb dishes. The woody odor of Rosemary keeps mosquitoes, flies and some vegetable bugs like cabbage moths and carrot flies away.

It is scientifically known as Salvia Rosmarinus or Rosmarinus Officinalis.

Try tossing some rosemary into a backyard fire pit or your fireplace fire or grill and the aroma will deter pesky mosquitoes.

Tiny, pale blue or purple blooms attract bees, butterflies.

It’s a great addition to your herb garden or flowerbed. Great to plant in garden borders, hedgerows, hanging baskets, or containers.

This easy to grow, the annual plant grows up to 3 to 5 feet tall, while enjoying the full sun, dry climates, and well-drained soil. It’s not winter resistant and potted plants can be brought indoors in winter areas.

Rosemary oil is used as a remedy to treat skin and hair.

Can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zone 6 to 10. Perennial in zones 8 to 10.

11. Sage

Sage (Salvia officinalis) – (Image by Wolfgang Eckert)

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is also known as common sage or garden sage.

This aromatic herb belongs to the mint family and dried or fresh leaves are commonly used to flavor foods, especially in stuffing for chicken and pork and in sausages.

The earthy smell of Sage has the ability to repel mosquitoes. Burning is the most effective way to take the fragrance out.

Burn some Sage by tossing some leaves into the flames of the backyard fire pit or your fireplace or grill and the earthy, refreshing fragrance will keep mosquitoes and other insects out.

This plant prefers full sun and well-drained soil and grows up to 1 to 3 feet in height.  Sage can survive in most winters but does not easily tolerate hot, humid summers.

It can be grown in either a garden bed or in containers. The new plant can be taken by seeds, root cuttings, or transplants.

Rough, wrinkled, oval-shaped leaves have the color ranging from gray-green to whitish green. Purple, blue, or pink colored, tubular-shaped flowers bloom in mid-summer attracting pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This makes this plant is a great addition to your garden.

Dried Sage leaves are used to make bug spray.

In some cultures, Sage is burnt in certain rituals and used for spiritual cleansing.

Sage essential oil has many health benefits and is used in Ayurvedic massage.

Can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 9 and perennial in zones 5 to 8.

12. Scented Geranium

Lemon-scented Geranium (Pelargonium crispum) – (Image by Anita Lynn)

Geranium belongs to the Pelargonium family known for its colorful flowers. Scented Geranium is known for the strong, pleasant fragrance of its leaves and capable of repelling mosquitoes, flies, and leafhoppers out of your yard.

There are many varieties of this annual plant and Lemon-scented Geranium (Pelargonium crispum) the effective variant.

The plant grows up to 1 to 3 feet tall while enjoying the full sun and well-drained soil. Do water after the soil went dried. Fertilizing is not essential as scented geraniums grow in poor soil as well.

Gorgeous, decorative, light, and dark pink color blooms have a lemon-like fragrance and will make your garden more attractive.

Can be planted in flower beds, vegetable gardens, or pots. If you planted in hanging containers, flowers will cascade around the sides of the container and add more beauty to your outdoor space.

This fast-growing plant prefers full sun/partial shade and warm, dry climates. With constant pruning, you can grow this plant in cold climates as well.

Always make sure that you do not overwater the plant. Geranium prefers well-drained dry soil over long periods of wet soil. Wait until the soil gets dry before watering and water the soil directly. If you were unable to control the water levels, leaves will get yellow and the roots may rot.

You can make more plants by seeds and root cuttings.

Geranium oil is used to remove scars.

Found to be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 to 11. Perennial in zones 10 to 11.

13. Allium

Allium (Allium gigantism) – (Image by Sonja Kalee)

The strong fragrance of Allium (Allium gigantism) is not tolerated by mosquitoes and is known as a broad-spectrum natural insecticide. It also repels insects like flies, aphids, slugs that can harm your veritable garden, and worms that can eat roots of edible plants. 

Purple, blue, yellow, or pink shaded blooms are produced as globe-shaped, big bunches, and the stalk can grow up to 6 to 7 feet tall. Booming taken place in late spring to early summer and remain ornamental in your garden for 2 to 3 weeks into summer. Just in time with the start of mosquito season 😉.

New plants can be taken from seeds or bulbs. But planting bulbs is the quickest way as a plant grown from seed can take up to 4 years to bloom.

This slow growing herb needs full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. You can plant it in the vegetable garden or in the flower bed. Allium is known to keep aphids from rose bushes.

Grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9. Perennial in zones 5 to 8.

14. Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is an essential ingredient of Asian cuisine especially in soups, chicken and pork dishes, salad dressing, and tea.

It belongs to the Cymbopogon family, which also includes citronella grass.

The sweet citrus scent and the high level of citral found in Lemongrass make it a better mosquito repellant. It can also repel flies and is found to be toxic to mosquito larvae.

You can crush some leaves and rub on the skin or keep them in pockets for good results.

This annual, fast-growing, ornamental plant enjoys full sun, a warm climate, and well-drained soil. Grows up to 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide as a clump of grass in one season. It’s not a drought-resistant plant and hence keep the soil moist and fertilize frequently.

Can be planted in either containers or the garden. Use large containers to facilitate a healthy root system. As Lemongrass is very frost sensitive, keep plants indoors during winter.

This plant does not produce blooms.

New plants can be taken from seeds or sections of root and stalk.

The fragrance of Lemongrass can increase appetite, calm nerves, reduce digestive and stomach problems, etc.

Lemongrass is one of the ingredients of Citronellol essential oil which is used in many medical treatments such as treating high blood pressure etc.

Lemongrass oil contains 65-85% citral and is used as an ingredient for skincare products, deodorants, soaps.

Some people say that taking lemongrass from the mouth is unsafe for pregnant women, as it could stimulate the menstrual process and could cause miscarriage and birth defects. Also is says it’s unsafe for breastfeeding moms as well. This is not scientifically proven but good to stay on the safe side and avoid it.

Can be grown USDA plant hardiness zones 8 to 11 and perennial in zones 10 to 11.

15. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – (Image by Flockine)

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is an herb that belongs to the mint family and its strong citrusy fragrance drive away pesky mosquitoes and fleas.

Crushed leaves can be applied to the skin as a quick mosquito repellent solution.

This ornamental plant prefers full sun or partial shade with well-drained soil which shouldn’t be soggy. It grows up to 2 to 3 feet tall and can be grown in either garden or container.

However, this fast-growing, invasive plant grows in clusters and can take over your yard. My advice is to contain it in a large pot outdoor so that you can control it easily.

This plant does not like hot, humid climates and grows best in cool weather.

Usually, the stems of Lemon Balm die at the beginning of winter (in freezing temperatures), but shoot up again from underground roots in spring.

During winter, it can be kept inside and grown as an annual plant.

White-colored, gentle lemony scented blooms, borne in tight clusters, throughout the summer, and into fall, and attract butterflies and bees.

New plants can be taken from seeds, root cuttings, root divisions, or clumps.

It is frequently used to help reduce stress, induce sleep, ease stomach aches, and many more.

Fresh leaves are great in soups, Chicken and fish dishes, and fruit juice drinks. Dried leaves used to make lemon tasted herbal tea.

Lemon balm essential oil is used to encourage calmness, ease stress, and produce skin balms and lotions.

Can be grown USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 12 and perennial in zones 4 to 9.

16. Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) – (Image by Aelred K)

Garlic is known for its great flavor in various foods. Vampires are not the only creature who does not resist garlic. Mosquitoes also do.

Cooking or consuming garlic will not repel mosquitoes. However, the pungent smell of growing garlic can deter mosquitoes, aphids, and ants.

Rubbing squeezed garlic juice on the skin can also help to protect you from mosquitoes.

Need full sun, well-drained soil for better growth. Garlic can be grown in almost all climates including cold climates. The adult plant grows up to 1 to 2 feet tall. Suits to your flower bed or vegetable garden.

It has health benefits as consuming garlic can reduce cholesterol levels.

Can be grown in any zone. But recommended growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.

17. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus crenulate)

Eucalyptus is known for its essential oils. The potent fragrance emitted from its oily leaves and bark can hinder mosquitoes’ smelling senses by masking odors emitted by is food sources. The plant itself will deter mosquitoes as well.

Eucalyptus oil is effective as DEET or even more so as it contains PMD (para-menthane-3,8-diol). Can be applied on the skin for more protection and as an antiseptic for bits.

It can also repel ticks, midges, stable flies, and sandflies.

Native to Australia and the Philippines, but it can be easily grown in mild climates. It is drought tolerant and needs full sun with well-drained, rich soil. In the early ages, water when the soil dries out. It doesn’t need much watering after established. Eucalyptus cannot survive under the hard freeze.

An adult tree can be grown more than 60 – 70 feet tall and ideal to be planted around the borders of your yard. Nothing to worry about if you have a small yard. This can be planted in containers too.

There are over 400 variants and Eucalyptus gregsoniana, Eucalyptus apiculata, Eucalyptus vernicosa, Eucalyptus obtusiflora, Eucalyptus globulus bicostata, Eucalyptus coccifera, Eucalyptus parviflora, Eucalyptus archeri, Eucalyptus nicholii, Eucalyptus crenulate are a few that can be grown in pots.

It always good, if outgrown potted plants can be planted in the backyard or donated to a park, or discard and start with a fresh seedling once they are grown big.

Eucalyptus essential oil is used to produce oral products and inflammation medicines. Dried eucalyptus leaves are used to treat sore muscles or aching joints.

Can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 8 to 11 (recommended in zones 9 to 11)

18. Feverfew (Chrysanthemum/Mums)

Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) – (Image by Katharina N)

Dried Chrysanthemum flowers are used to manufacture Pyrethrum which is widely used as a primary ingredient in most all-natural insecticide. Therefore, this plant is also known as Pyrethrum. “Feverfew” is another name used for this plant which is scientifically known with its synonyms of Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium, Pyrethrum parthenium.

This is not scientifically proven as a mosquito repellent. But it is mentioned in several sources that its fragrance can repel insects like ants, fleas, roaches, beetles, ticks, silverfish, bedbugs, spider mites, and root-knot nematodes. Hence Chrysanthemum should be a good option for deterring mosquitoes as well and most people have expressed positive feedback on that.

The oil extracted from this plant is also a potent insecticide and used in commercial insecticidal sprays. Make sure you do not get it contacted with bare skin.

This easy to grow, an annual plant requires full sun with well-drained soil and grows up to 3 to 4 feet tall as shrubs. It cannot survive the winter. Ideal to plant in containers or along garden borders or near your vegetable garden. To be on the safe side, keep kids and pets away from the plant.

It blooms gorgeous, ornamental, daisy-like flowers with the shades of white, yellow, orange, pink, red from the beginning of summer to late fall and will be a great addition to your yard.

Can be grown USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 10, but recommended in zones 5 to 9.

19. Tansy

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) – (Image by Hans Braxmeier)

It has been scientifically proven that the strong scent of Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) flowers and leaves repels mosquitoes. Also, it can deter fleas, moths, flies, ants, cockroaches, bedbugs, and mice.

Crushed leaves can be rubbed on your exposed skin for more protection. Be cautious as some people are subjected to allergic skin reactions when touched with bare hands.

Tansy oil is also a well-known mosquito repellent and stronger than the plant itself.

This easy to grow plant needs full sun/partial shade with well-drained soil and grows up to 1 to 3 feet tall. It doesn’t require much water and special soil conditions. Tansy is an aggressive, invasive plant and hence recommended to grow in containers, along fence rows or roadsides rather than in your garden bed. New plats can be taken from seeds or divisions in the spring.

Tansy belongs to the daisy family and blooms beautiful, golden yellow, button-like flowers.

It can be toxic, maybe fatal, when ingested in large quantities. To be on the safe side, keep it away from kids and animals.

Found to be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9 and perennial in zones 4 to 8.

20. Petunias

Petunias (Petunia atkinsiana) – (Image by Andreasley)

The licorice-like scent of Petunias flower repels mosquitoes and many insects such as hornworms, aphids, leafhoppers, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, and squash bugs. Some people call it “nature’s pesticide”.

This annual has more than 35 hybrid variants and is known by the scientific name, Petunia atkinsiana.

It is very easy to maintain plant and prefer full sun, well-drained soil. Can be grown up to 1 feet height. This plant can be planted in a flower bed, containers, hanging baskets, or near your vegetable garden. Petunias is not frost-tolerant.

The funnel-shaped, gorgeous, ornamental flowers bloom in summer with a wide variety of bright colors.

Found to be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 to 11. Perennial in zones 10 to 11.

21. Snowbrush

Snowbrush (Ceonothus velutinus) – (Image by Walter Siegmund)

Snowbrush (Ceonothus velutinus) is native to the western side of North America and is also known as Snow bush, Tobacco brush, Red root, Buck bush.

The strong, sticky, balsam aroma of the flower and leaves can deter mosquitoes as well as many biting insects, deer, and rabbits away.

It is a very easy to grow, robust plant that can be grown in moist or dry or rocky soil and under full sun or shade. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil and grows up to 12 feet tall as a bush.

It blooms white clusters of flowers in late spring to early summer.

In some areas, it is considered a weed. But you can consider adding this plant around the flower beds or in garden edges mixing with other border shrubs.

Grown in USDA plant hardiness zone 5 to 10 and perennial in zones 7 to 10.

Summing up the things…. 

All these plants are effective natural mosquito repellents. You can plant them either in pots or directly in the garden. Make sure to place them close by the areas where you often will be such as seating areas, walkways, dining areas, windows, and doorways. If you planted it in pots, it will be easy to move where and when you need it.

In addition to mosquitoes, some of these plants are better at deterring multiple types of insects like flies, gnats, ants, etc.

Some researchers have mentioned that the mosquito repellent plant itself isn’t capable of rubbing its essential oil or crushed leaves on the skin. But growing these will help you in some way.

You can choose the most suitable plants and herbs for your home garden from this list. For better results, our advice is to plant more than one of these. 

The key point you should keep in your mind is, ‘only growing these plants is not enough to get rid of mosquitoes from your garden’. You should also practice eliminating possible breeding grounds and living areas of mosquitoes from your yard. The best thing you can do is avoiding places where water can be collected and become stagnant. You can read our article on “How to get rid of mosquitoes in the yard” for more information about that. Refer article here to get to know about all the FAQs about mosquito repelling plants.

Try all the above and share your experience.

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