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Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’
Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’
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Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’

Bastard Balm

USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.359.500

Totally unknown to North American gardens, this mounding perennial has downy, honey-scented foliage. Small orchid-like flowers are clustered near the stem tips, white with a wine-red lip and very attractive to butterflies. Flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Grows well in any reasonably moist soil. Suitable for near the front of a perennial border, along a bright woodland path or in containers. USPP#13233, CPBRAF: unlicensed propagation prohibited.

Further details for
Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Attracts Hummingbirds
  Cut Flower
   30-35 cm
   12-14 inches
   30-35 cm
   12-14 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.