Melittis melissophyllum subsp albida

Melittis melissophyllum subsp. albida

Bastard balm

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

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Plant does flower in May

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Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Melittis melissophyllum subsp. albida
  • Common name: Bastard balm
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb, Perennial
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

A clump-forming native wildflower and member of the mint family, Melittis, or bastard balm, bears sweet scented, mint-like lobed flowers in summer. Like mint, its leaves are aromatic, although their scent is less pleasing than that of mint. Established plants are extremely drought tolerant.

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Melittis melissophyllum subsp. albida has pure white flowers. Grow in a shady part of the garden such as a woodland border, in moist but well-drained soil.

How to grow Melittis melissophyllum

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    45cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Full shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Melittis melissophyllum and wildlife

Melittis melissophyllum is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects and butterflies​/​moths. It is a caterpillar food plant and has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Melittis melissophyllum poisonous?

Melittis melissophyllum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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