Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis
Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Melissa
1

1.5 feet
1

1.5 feet
Mediterranean
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering

About This Plant

Partial sun or shade; a herbaceous perennial with sagelike serrated leaves. Lemon balm spreads freely by rhizomes but not as aggressively as other mints. Its name, Melissa, is Greek for honeybee, since Mediterranean bees closely attended its tiny sweet flowers. “Lemon balm contains within it the virtues of a dozen other plants,” wrote Hildegard of Bingen, one of this plant’s many admirers. Considered to uplift the spirits, lemon balm is prepared in teas, tinctures, infusions, jams, jellies, and seasonings of all kinds. Crushed leaves rubbed on bare skin may repel mosquitoes as well.

Maintenance

Expect some effort to contain it during the warm season; lemon balm can crowd out smaller plants, especially in an irrigated landscape bed.

Features

Plant Type:
Herb
Size:
1-1.5' H, 1-1.5' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay
Wildlife:
Flower Color:
White
Bloom Time:
September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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