Melittis Royal Velvet Distinction

Honey Balm
$16.95 ea.
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Orchid-Like Flowers
Exotic flowers nestle near stem tips atop crisp bright-green foliage. The bi-colored white hooded flowers flash a plum-purple lower lip hemmed with a lacy-edged white scallop. Foliage is heavily veined for a quilted look. Flowers and foliage both emit a honey scent. With its nectar/pollen rich flowers, Melittis Royal Velvet Distinction is a valuable pollinator attractor. Commonly called Honey Balm, it is best suited to dappled shade in a moist and well-drained soil.

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Patent PP13,233

Plant Type Perennials

Species melissophyllum

Height Short 15-18"

Spacing Plant 18" apart

Bloom Time Late Spring to Early Summer

Sun / Shade Full Sun to Half Sun / Half Shade

Zones 6-9

Soil Type Normal, Acidic

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Features

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Fragrant
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • OK in Containers

Melittis General Information

The scientific name Melittis means honeybee and is commonly called Honey Balm. Quite attractive to bees and butterflies. Melittis are mounding perennials with downy foliage and both foliage and flowers are sweetly scented. Ideal for the perennial border, edging a woodland path or in containers. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Melittis Plant Care

Plant in groups for most impact. Best suited in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil with dappled shade. In warmer zones, place in some shade with hot afternoon sun.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.


  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March


  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October