Bastard balm

An aromatic cousin of the mint, with white or pink flowers.
Common name : Bastard balm
Scientific name : Melittis melissophyllum
Family : Lamiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Melittis melissophyllum - the bastard balm - is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Europe. It is a strongly aromatic plant reaching on average 30–50 cm (12–20 in) of height, with erect hairy stems, oval and hairy 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) long leaves and inflorescences composed of large pedunculated hermaphrodite white or pale pink flowers from May through August.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_3
Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 15 - 60
pH 6 - 8

Plant my bastard balm

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my bastard balm

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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