If you enjoy growing fragrant plants, balm of Gilead (Cedronella canariensis, also known as C. triphylla) is a must-try. The bushy, branching plants generally reach 2 to 3 feet tall, with shiny, bright green, three-parted leaves that have a strong, somewhat citrusy, camphor-like scent. (It’s kind of hard to describe, but once you smell it, you won’t forget it.) This mint-family member also blooms, with clusters of pale pink flowers, but the aromatic foliage is really this plant’s key feature, so keep it where you can easily rub or brush by the leaves: in a container planting, for instance, or next to a path or garden bench.
Full sun to light shade. Technically a tender perennial (hardy in Zones 9 to 11), but you can grow it as an annual. Or, keep it in a pot and bring it indoors for the winter.
Collected starting in early September 2023. At least 12 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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