Melissa officinalis

Sweet Balm

Bees love the inconspicuous white flowers on this herb, and, appropriately, Melissa is Greek for bee. Use Lemon Balm's deliciously lemon-scented leaves in tea or fruit salads, and to spice up fish dishes. Try dried leaves in sachets or potpourri. Hardy and easily grown in herb gardens or pots. Fast-spreading, it has become naturalized in some areas as it sows itself. Shear back often to keep it neat. Grow from seed or root divisions.
Melissa officinalis, Sweet Balm
Along with the plain light green type, it comes yellow-splashed or yellow-speckled.

Attributes - Melissa officinalis

Plant Type: Herb

Foliage: Semi-Deciduous

Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.

Width: 1 ft. 6 in.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Edible, Fragrant.

Related Plants

Melissa officinalis 'Aurea', Melissa officinalis 'Variegata'
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