Lemon Balm

Lemon balm makes a comforting herbal tea.

Lemon Balm

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(Melissa officinalis)
  • Type: Perennial, zones 5 to 9
  • Planting time: Spring, after the last frost
  • Features: Lemon-scented leaves
  • Light: Part shade
  • Soil: Well drained, let dry between waterings; pH 6.7 to 7.3
  • Spacing: 20 to 24 inches
  • Plant Size: 24 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden use: Flower beds, herb beds, great for containers
  • Culinary use: For lemon flavor in a variety of dishes and teas

Lemon balm, a member of the mint family, is a lovely mild herb named for the lemony scent of its leaves. Originally grown in South Europe, lemon balm is often used in combination with other herbs and is frequently found in poultry and fish dishes, desserts, and teas. It also makes a nicely scented sachet. Plant one at the edge of a gate so that when the gate opens and closes the lemony scent fill the air. This plant is very attractive to bees and has been used by beekeepers to help keep bees in place. Like other types of mint, it likes to spread, so a container is a great choice.

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