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Bastard balm

Melittis spp.

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Bastard balm Overview

A monotypic genus comprising one species of Summer-flowering hardy perennial in the Lamiaceae family from Central and Southern Europe. Commonly known as bastard balm, it is an aromatic plant with sometimes purple-blotched white or pink labiate flowers usually hanging from one side of the flowering stem on peduncles. In the wild it is found in shady deciduous woods and in cultivation does best in a shady spot with well-drained soil.

How to propagate Bastard balm

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Division

Division in spring or autumn.

Other uses of Bastard balm

Very attractive to bees.