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Mosquito repellant plant ?

Hyderabad, India(Zone 12b)

Plz ID this plant, locals are saying it repels mosquitoes and hence they grow it.
It came in as a surprise plant when I took it's photo at a wedding function hall.

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Keaau, HI

Does the plant have a scent?

Any flowers or fruit to show?

Hyderabad, India(Zone 12b)

No I have only seen leaves, I mistaken them for Betel leaf but when I took a closer look I came to know it's not (it is not a climber)

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

A Datura?

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Tried to find pix of citronella plants and they would only come up grass. We do have some shrubby citronella plants tho- I just can't find em on short notice

Hyderabad, India(Zone 12b)

Well I give it a search as "mosquito repellent plants" in google images and the nearest match I could find is this pic.

It's called Houttuynia cordata, would you agree that the plant to be ID'd is this?. Please confirm so that we can close this thread.

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Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

The leaves don't look to be a match. May just have to wait for a bloom.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I agree, definitely not Houttuynia.

Hyderabad, India(Zone 12b)

Then what else would it be?. We may be misled by the "mosquito repellant nature" as quoted by locals.

I am thinking on a broader sense and I feel (based on it's leaf) that it is a young Kadamba plant, "Anthocephalus cadamba". Let's solve this soon.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

MANY plants are accredited with mosquito repellant natures- but so is Skin So Soft- agreed it isn't a basil which also has mosquito repellant reputation. Agreed
, it isn't the Houttunya... Back to work- day not done yet, sigh

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