Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'

Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’

Bastard balm

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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 not 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 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
  • Common name: Bastard balm
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Purple

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Melittis melissophyllum is a herbaceous perennial native to the deciduous woodlands of Europe, including the UK. The foliage and flowers are sweetly aromatic, with a scent similar to sweet woodruff. The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, so it’s a great plant for a wildlife garden in shadier spots.

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Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’ has the fuzzy foliage typical to the species, as well as deep green foliage and bicoloured flowers that are white and a lovely plum purple.

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For best results, grow Melittis melissophyllum ‘Royal Velvet Distinction’ in dappled shade in a moist, humus-rich and well-drained soil. The humus content can be boosted by enriching the soil with leaf mould or garden compost. Basal cuttings can be taken in spring.

How to grow Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction'

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

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 Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do 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 not 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

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do Take cuttings in March

Do Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction' and wildlife

Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction' is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction' poisonous?

Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction' 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

Plants that go well with Melittis 'Royal Velvet Distinction'