Balm (Melittis melissophyllum)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12-24 inches
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Can be bicolor of both pink and white with a lower "lip" being dark & the upper petals being light. Can be pink or purple, depending on cultivar
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees

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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2015-05-09
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Location: Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, South Amana, IADate: Late spring 2010
By LarryR
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2013-0522
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USADate: 2017-05-02
By Gerris2
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: Late spring 2010
By LarryR
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2013-0522
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-04-25A little later to get started than most perennials (this photo la
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Location: Lexington, VADate: May, 2009Love the delicate, orchid-like blooms on this plant
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2012-0516Sweet blooms and they lasted longer than I thought they would.
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2012-0516
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Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
By Gerris2
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Location: Kitchen hosta garden - morning sun only.Date: 2012-0504Second year in the garden.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Please identify by ninabee May 28, 2018 8:13 AM 25
Color Echoes, anyone? by pirl Sep 18, 2019 6:53 AM 2,518

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