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Bastard Balm

Melittis melissophyllum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
70 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Hedgerows, mountains, rocks, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Whorls of white flowers with the lower lip being mainly pink. Flowers each measure up to 4cm in size. Pollinated by bees and moths.
Fruit:
The fruits are nutlets.
Leaves:
The crinkled, hairy leaves vary in shape and colour, measuring from 5 to 9cm in length. They are generally oval and pointed. Perennial.
Aroma:
Bastard Balm is a strongly fragrant species.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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