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Scientific Name: Pelargonium citronellum
Alternative Names: Suurlemoen malva

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  • Perennial
  • Citronella Pelargonium is indigenous to South Africa.
  • It grows in a small area near Ladismith in south-eastern Western Cape on the northern foothills of Langeberg Mountains.
  • Citronella Pelargonium is an evergreen, bushy shrub that have a strong, clean, lemon fragrance.
  • It grows up to 2m high and can spreads to 1m.
  • The leaves are palmately shaped with sharply pointed lobes and the flowers are pink-purple with a conspicuous dark marking on the two larger upper petals, the three smaller lower petals have no markings.
  • It will do best in full sun and well-drained, sandy soil with water all year round, although it will withstand drought.
  • Citronella Pelargonium can be planted in containers and grown in light shade, where it's foliage is decorative but it will flower less.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves may be infused to make tea, and used fresh to flavour desserts, punch and vinegar.

Parts Used

  • The Leaves.

Other Uses

  • It can be used as a companion plant to repel pests, as the lemon scent has natural insecticidal properties.
  • The leaves can also be used in potpourri and finger bowls.
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