Bastard Balm (Melittis melissophyllum)

Perennial
M. grandiflora. M. sylvestris.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bastard Balm
Melittis melissophyllum
Labiatae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Astringent, blood purifier, diuretic, emmenagogue, sedative, vulnerary[61].

  • Edible Use

    A coumarin scented (like new-mown hay) herb, it is occasionally used for making a ‘Maiwein’ or ‘Maibowle’ type of beverage[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown in a cold frame in the autumn[188]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring[200] or autumn[188]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Succeeds in any good soil in partial shade[1, 187]. Prefers a rich loam[1]. Grows well in thickets, woodland edges and the garden border[1]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. The flowers have a pleasing sweet honey-like scent[245]. The leaves become sweetly fragrant as they dry[245], they retain their fragrance for a long time[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Central and southern Europe, including Britain.

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