Melissa officinalis

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  • Common Name: Lemon Balm
  • Plant Story:

    The green leaves of lemon balm have the scent of lemon with a hint of mint, with leaves that look like oversized mint—no surprise, since lemon balm is part of the mint family. The plant looks best when it is cut back periodically, so plan to use lots of fresh, flavorful leaves to brew tea, flavor fruit or green salad, and season fish.

  • Type: Perennial Herbaceous
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Flower Color: White
  • Planting Zone: 3-7
  • Height: 1.5-2 ft
  • Spread: 1.5-3 ft
  • Light Requirements:Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Suggested Uses: Herb Gardens or Perennial Borders
  • Leaf: Green Round
  • Edible: YES
  • Attracts to: Bees
  • Plant Deer Resistant:Yes
  • Plant Potential Pests:No serious problems
  • Form: Bushy
  • Special Care Instructions:

    Frequent pruning will encourage new leaves which are the most fragrant, minimize self-seeding, and sh


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