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Plant Mosquito Repellent Plants In Swampy Areas

Mosquitos are among some of the most irksome pests, and they're quite persistent if you live near an area where they readily reproduce, like a swamp. But while you might feel like you're trying to fight an uphill battle attempting to get rid of them, there may be some natural defenses you could easily employ to keep them at bay. If mosquitos won't seem to leave you alone, here are some mosquito repellent plants to grow in swampy areas to ward them off.

Mosquitos Hate Lavender

Lavender Ellegance Purple, Lavandula angustifolia | American Meadows

Featuring long stems with gorgeous small purple flowers, lavender is a plant that needs no introduction. While many know it for its calming and powerful scent, few may know that this same scent can keep mosquitos at bay, regardless of whether you grow it near your home or rub the oils from the flowers onto your body. Lavender can flower anywhere from spring to mid-summer, lasting three to four weeks and providing you with the relief you need.

Nearly All Bugs Hate Citronella Especially Mosquitos

Citrosa Geranium Plant | Two Live Citronella Garden Plants | Non-GMO, —  Clovers Garden

Citrus has a strange ability to keep pests at bay, so it's no surprise that citronella is an excellent plant to use to ward off mosquitos. Unlike the other plants on this list, citronella is a tall, hardy grass that, while unassuming, smells great and keeps you protected. Citronella is long-lasting and typically blooms towards the end of its life, ranging anywhere from early spring to mid-fall.

Catnip Has A Chemical That Mosquitos Hate

Catnip (2 Pack) – Bonnie Plants

Catnip doesn't just drive cats wild; it also drives mosquitos away. Both of these effects of the catnip plant are due to a chemical known as nepetalactone. Catnip produces very small purple or white flowers, and they typically bloom from spring through fall, lasting one or two months. Catnip spreads quickly, so take care to plant it away from other plants to avoid them being taken over.

Marigolds Are Stunning And Mosquitos Hate Them

Petite Mix, Marigold Seeds | Urban Farmer

Marigolds are versatile and strikingly beautiful flowers, featuring large clusters of petals that include such colors as orange and yellow, copper, white, and more. But beyond their beauty, they're wonderful plants to have around if you wish to get rid of mosquitos due to a chemical called pyrethrum. Marigolds may bloom anywhere from spring to fall and will last for a few months.

6 Pack - Gayfeather Liatris - TN Nursery

6 Pack - Gayfeather Liatris

Gayfeather Liatris plants typically produce tall spikes of purple or white flowers that bloom from top to bottom. These flowers are densely packed along the spike, creating a striking visual display in gardens and natural landscapes. Sold In 6 Pack Cell Trays Gayfeather Liatris If you're looking for a unique flowering plant that will add depth and height to your gardens, gayfeather liatris may help you fulfill your landscaping dreams. It is also known as dense blazing star and button snakeroot. To botanists, it's known as Spicata, and it's native to eastern North America, where it can be found growing next to tall grasses and wildflowers. It is part of the aster family and one of 40 species of the plant. Gayfeather Liatris Characteristics It can grow to a height of up to four feet and a width of up to one foot. It spouts long, cone or brush-shaped pink to purple blooms that blossom from summer to late fall and make excellent cuttings for bouquets. The leaves of the plant average 16 inches in length and resemble grass or feathers. Gardeners will especially enjoy the leaves throughout the fall because they tend to keep their color and shape late into the season. Add Vertical Accents with Gayfeather Liatris It is prized for its ability to add vertical accents to gardens. This wildflower looks best in front of other perennials and ornamental grasses, where it can add color and height. Gardeners may also prefer to use it along the borders of their property or to add visual interest to the edges of sidewalks and driveways. Gayfeather Liatris Attracts Birds and Pollinators If you love bird or butterfly watching, it would make a great addition to your yard. This flowering perennial attracts birds, butterflies, bumble bees, and honey bees. It's especially attractive to monarch butterflies, silver-spotted skippers, and painted ladies. Hummingbirds have even been known to frequent dense blazing stars because they produce a lot of nectar. Best Places to Plant Gayfeather Liatris Dense blazing stars can be found naturally in meadows and prairies throughout eastern North America. Gardeners can enjoy planting it in cottage gardens, English gardens, butterfly gardens, and even rain gardens. They pair well with beardtongue, beebalm, blue fescue, common Bluestar, and false blue indigo. It makes a beautiful addition to many different types of flower and butterfly gardens. It's also perfect for planting in areas that are being rewilded, naturalized, or xeriscaped.

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