Also known as Balm of Gilead. Ornamental perennial growing up to 1.5m tall and smelling strongly of citronella and balsam. Leaves can be dried and made into a tea known as Canary Island Tea. Also made into pot pourri. A member of the mint family with unusual leaves for that family, but typical flowers which are great bee attractors. Frost tender but may be overwintered in sheltered spot or unheated glass or plastic house. Ours thrive in an unheated polytunnel, and survive mild frosts outside in the food forest in a sheltered spot. Grow it in a position where you will brush against it, at the end of a tunnelhouse or alongside a path, to regularly enjoy the scent.
Certified organic plant.
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Photos: Kahikatea Farm