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Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'

Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
Year 2 flowers
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
Year 3 flowers
Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
Year 4 flowers

Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers purple/white (May)
Size 16"
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

I received this plant by mail order in Spring 2008; it was sad and small, and I don't remember noticing it at all the rest of the season. Then I found that some online sources rate this hardly only to zone 7. So I was pleasantly surprised to see its re-emerging foliage in early May the next year. Flowers followed not too long afterwards. It has become a little more floriferous every year since then.

Melittis melissophyllum 'Royal Velvet Distinction'
First sign of new growth, late April

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '13/'14 exchange, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (100%G, 8d)

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