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aka Balm of Gilead
(Cedronella canariensis syn C. triphylla)

A tender perennial native to the Americas and the Canary Islands. The alternate name 'Balm of Gilead' has been given it because of its camphor-like odor and not through any resemblance to the Poplar family or the true Balm of Gilead. It has no known medicinal uses.

PROPAGATION: By seed in spring, division in spring, and by stem cuttings in early autumn. Ornamental tender perennial.
NEEDS: Well-draining soil in full to part sun. Cut back in spring. Best pot grown in the north.
HARVEST: Leaves before flowering.
PART USED: Leaves.


Leaves are used for tea.

Leaves are dried for potpourri.

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