LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis
Melissa officinalis, commonly called lemon balm, is a bushy herbaceous perennial of the mint family that is typically grown in herb gardens and border fronts for its lemon-scented leaves. It is native to southern Europe, and naturalized in many parts of the U.S.
The edible leaves may be added to salads, soups, sauces or vegetables. Leaves are also used to flavor teas. Dried leaves may be added to sachets and potpourri. Plants also have a history of herbal medicine usage for a variety of purposes including, inter alia, calming nervous disorders, soothing insect bites and treating colds.
Although the tiny white flowers are ornamentally inconspicuous, honey bees love them!
Hardiness zones: 5-9
Height: 24", 60cm
Location: Sun or part sun
Seeds per pack: 20
Germination: Sow just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix. Keep moist until germination.