Botanical Name: Cedronella canariensis
Common Name: Balm of Gilead
Category: Hardy Perennial
Seed Count: 50
Cedronella canariensis, Balm of Gilead: A native of the Canary Islands this delightfully fragrant garden plant is known as the Balm of Gilead because of its cedar like scent similar to the tree Commiphora gileadensis. The dried leaves are used in cooking as herbs and spices or added to potpourri for a ‘Woodsy’ scent. During late spring/summer pretty sprays of pale pink, two lipped flowers appear over a long period and are a magnet for bees and butterflies. Enjoys a sunny sheltered position and needs some protection from severe frost. Lovely planted along pathways so when gently brushed the sweet cedar fragrance can be appreciated. The seeds of this lovely plant are also fragrant. 60 cm H x 50 cm W.
Cedronella seed is best sown immediately into a good quality seed raising mix or directly into a seedbed. Cover the seed finely with quality vermiculite or mix to approximately their own depth. Germination usually takes approx. 2 weeks but can be erratic. Germination can be quicker if kept at 15-20 Degrees C. Keep moist, but not saturated at all times. Natural germination will occur if kept in an unheated poly house or covered seed raising tray. Many seeds wait for Spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown so please give them a full season of growth before discarding.