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Melittis melissiophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
Common Name: Bastard Balm Family: Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)

Melittis melissiophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
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Here's something you don't find every day. This unique species has white orchid-like flowers with a pink lip. 'Royal Velvet Distinction' offers a deep pink lip edged in white which is more ornamental than the species. The foliage is light green and slightly fuzzy. This native of the old world is found from the southern UK through central Europe and as far east as Turkey. The genus name Melittis refers to bees, an insect that loves to visit the flowers of this intriguing plant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Southwest Asia and Asia Minor
Native Habitat:
Mountainous deciduous woods (oak, beech and chestnut), but also areas with pines, hedges, shrubs and junipers. They usually occur on wood-edges and hedgebanks at an altitude of 01400 metres (04,600 feet) above sea level.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourPink 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSpring 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun Part Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone5-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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