Citriodora has mildly lemon-scented leaves that makes it a great companion plant as it is said to help repel pests, including: aphids, flea beetle and ants as well as rats and mice!
It can be used as an infusion to repel fleas from pet fur or carpets as an extract from the leaves has insect repellent properties.
Traditionally used as an herbal remedy for digestive disorders and reducing fevers. It is said to be suitable for treating colds, flu and fevers in children owing to its pleasant taste and gentle action. Often used in conjunction with Sambucus nigra (European Elder).
Young leaves have a mild mint flavour and can be eaten raw – especially in salads. The leaves (either fresh or dried) can also be used to make a refreshing tea.
Prefers well-draining soil and a sunny position. Best to bring on in 9cm pots before going to their final position.
Great bee plant!
Always seek advice from a professional before using herbs medicinally