Scientific Name:
Cedronella canariensis (L.) Webb & Berthel., Hist. Nat. Iles Canaries (Phytogr.) 1, 87 (1836)
  • Dracocephalum canariense L.
  • = Cedronella triphylla Moench (1794)
Vernacular Name(s):
Balm of Gilead; Canary balm

Stems to 2 m tall, branched, glabrous. Lvs petiolate; terminal leaflet largest, petiolulate. Lamina of terminal leaflet mostly 4–7 × 1–2.3 cm, lanceolate or narrow-ovate, gland-dotted beneath, sparingly hairy at first, especially below, finally almost glabrous, crenate or crenate-serrate; base rounded or oblique; apex acute or acuminate. Bracts 5–6 mm long, linear. Calyx 12–14 mm long, gland-dotted and hairy on upper lip outside; teeth c. 3 mm long, triangular and acuminate. Corolla 15–18–(20) mm long, pinkish mauve or whitish, hairy on upper lip outside. Nutlets c. 1.8 mm long, broad-ellipsoid, with 7–10 dorsal striations.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Dec.–Jun.

Edwards, R. 2009: Lincoln University campus: a guide to some of the shrubs currently growing there. Edition 2. Lincoln University, Lincoln.
Webb, P.B.; Berthelot, S. 1836-1850 : Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries, ...Tome troisieme [Botanique] pt. 2. Phytographia Canariensis . Part 2,1. Bethune, Paris.