Balm of Gilead (Cedronella canariensis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: 5 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fragrant
Broadleaf
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Pollinators: Various insects

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Explore the fun of using herbs in your daily life. In addition to their culinary uses, they may also be used for medicinal purposes and added to cosmetics, can serve as insect repellents, and reportedly have magical properties.

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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Jun 28, 2014 4:21 PM

Member of the mint family from the Canary Islands. Square stems. May be used as an insect repellent. Leaves may be brewed into an aromatic tea called 'Tea de Canaries.' Although listed as hardy to Zone 8, I find it to be an iffy plant for me. It would benefit from winter protection in colder areas. Or, saving seed is fairly straight forward in late summer.

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