The 5 best mosquito repellent plants

The best mosquito repellent plantsPlants to control mosquitoes.

Plants can be an excellent natural repellent to keep mosquitoes away from your home. There are several mosquito repellent plants, with specific characteristics that make them more or less suitable for different environments.

In this article you will find information about the 5 most effective plants to fight mosquitoes, with their characteristics and properties.


The most effective mosquito repellent plants.


The Catambra is one of the most effective plants in the fight against mosquitoes thanks to the presence of Catalpol (four times higher than other ornamental plants), a repellent substance contained in abundance in its leaves.

catambra outdoor mosquito repellent plant

This plant is protected by a European patent and can be identified by a detachable tag on the canopy with a special control code and by an indelible stamp printed on the stem. It is protected under the Ambrös’ Plants trademark.

The Catambra is a plant of the bignogniaceae family native to North America and can exceed 3 meters in height. In Spain, it grows without difficulty even in northern regions with a harsher climate and does not require special care. Its leaves are odorless and the plant does not produce flowers.

Catambra is also available in pots and is therefore also suitable for apartments, offices or other indoor spaces.

The plant is able to drive away mosquitoes within a radius of 4-5 meters.


Lemongrass has long been known as an effective plant against mosquitoes.

Lemongrass or citronella

It is also widely used to make repellent candles, ideal for balconies and terraces. Apart from being an excellent mosquito repellent plant, there are also many other reasons for growing it that you should know about.

Lemongrass is an evergreen herbaceous plant native to Southeast Asia. The most effective varieties to use as a repellent are Cymbopogon Nardus and Cymbopogon Winterianus. In English, it is commonly called citronella because of its lemon smell.

The plant has a bushy shape, with dark 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.


Catnip, scientifically known as Nepeta catariais a powerful mosquito repellent according to numerous studies, including one conducted at Iowa State University by researcher Chris Peterson.

catnip mosquito repellent plant

The plant grows in the temperate zones of Europe and is therefore very easy to grow in Spain. The name “catnip” comes from the fact that it is a plant much sought after by cats who consume it to improve digestion or to clean the stomach of the hairs that they often swallow when they lick themselves. .

A plant much more effective against mosquitoes than DEETthe main chemical used in repellents.


Monarda is definitely the mosquito repellent plant with the most beautiful fuchsia flowers! Native to North America and belonging to the Lamiaceae family, it grows easily and quickly.

The Monarda the sun, does not fear drought and is very resistant. It is therefore an excellent balcony plant from all points of view.

The aroma of its leaves is sometimes reminiscent of incense and sometimes of bergamot depending on the variety (eg Monarda Didyma and Monarda Citriodora). The dried leaves are used in tea or to make scented linen bags.


Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) is probably the best indoor mosquito repellent plant for its pleasant aroma and blue flowers, but also for the ease with which it can be grown in a container.

The cultivation of lavender is very simple since the plant does not require any special attention and its repellent effect against flies and mosquitoes is proven.

Also as an anti-mosquito plant for the balcony, lavender is also excellent for the scenic effect that its bushes can provide.

The dried leaves can also be stored in scented linen bags.

Mosquito Repellent Plants: Do They Really Work?

The anti-mosquito effect of plants that we have proposed in this article is proven by many direct experiments and studies.

Of course, it will be necessary to use common sense and “calibrate expectations” in relation to the environment and the arrangement of plants.

One of these plants in a single pot cannot be expected to keep mosquitoes away from open spaces and several square feet or worse, on windy days.

However, if you place several pots or plants at strategic points in your terrace or house, the mosquito repellent effect will help you a lot!

The cost of these plants is low, so it is better to try to combine them and then choose to keep the ones you like the most.

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