Lemon Balm
Lemon balm makes a comforting herbal tea.

Lemon Balm

(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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Lemon Balm is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a multi use Herb: I have used it in resepis that reqire limon peal, instead I used the herb and it tasted just as good if not better.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Careful!: Easily grown. Strong grower to the point in can take over. I planted it one year and 3 years later I'm pulling it up by the roots everywhere.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice herb for tea: I grow it for tea, but will try it in other things now that I read it's a good substitute for lemon peel. :)
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this article helped me a lot with my science project. thxs for posting this up!: this article gave me precise information to help me study the lemon balm.thank you for posting this up!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This plant is also wonderful as a repellant for mosquitoes. Keep it on your deck or patio to keep them at bay. You can also crush up some leaves and rub them on your exposed skin to stop them from biting you, and it smells pleasant too.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great herb- smells so fresh and attracts the bees. Great for teas and many other things. Note: It IS a member of the mint family so it will grow. You need to keep it in a container or plant in the ground (still in a container) or it will literally take over your yard.
Date published: 2015-02-27
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