Hardy low growing annual to 40cm, cultivated for centuries in Europe. Use the fragrant minty-lemony leaves and flowers for herb tea. It has astringent, tonic and anti-oxidant properties which is said to uplift the spirit, similar to lemon balm (melissa). The seeds are are also astringent, carminative, tonic and being investigated as a source of omega-3 fatty acids.
The large bright purple flowers are very long lasting, proportionally large to the plant, and said to be shaped like the toothed head of a dragon – a great plant for kids to grow! They are also extremely attractive to bees.
Can self seed generously – though with such a pretty and useful plant, who would mind?!
9cm pot. Certified organic plant. Available approx Oct – March.
Freight: Lowest freight rate is currently $13.50 for between one and nine 9cm pots to an urban address. Further charges apply for larger orders, larger plants, or rural addresses. For more info please see our full list of freight and packing charges.