YES!!!! Was looking for mosquito repelling plants A trio of lush potted plants will have you saying good-bye to bug spray! Citronella, or West Indian lemongrass, is a tall plant and the source for citronella oil. Catnip is said to be 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. Cascading Geranium, another bug repelling plant, will cascade over its pot and add a delicate floral scent to your garden.