Melittis melissophyllum (Lamiaceae) or bastard balm is common in the light, deciduous woodlands of Western Europe.
This nectar-producing plant with aromatic foliage is much loved by the butterflies and bees (from melissa, the Greek for bee).
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' is a variety that was selected by Dutch nursery woman Eleonore de Koning.
This variety was produced from a seedling and, compared with the species type, has darker foliage and violet rather than purple-blue colouring on the lower lip of the flower.
In the garden we like to plant it under trees where it will develop a bushy habit (30-50 cm in height), It produces delicate flowers from May until the end of July.
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction' is easy to grow and simply appreciates humus-rich, light, well-drained soil.
Remarkable flowers that we combine with the generous foliage or the hostas or the colourful heucheras (Heuchera 'Frosted Violet')
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 30 to 50cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
- Flower colour: mauve
- Flowering period: spring flowers
® Unlicensed propagation prohibited.