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Fresh Herb, Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis)



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Lemon balm has the scent of lemon with a hint of mint, and leaves that appear to be oversized mint -- no wonder that this aromatic herb was placed into the Mint family, yet it does not spread like Mint but rather grows to a height of 24-30" tall.  It instead becomes a nice green clump of foliage among the other herbs and flowers of your garden.  The plant should be cut back periodically, so plan to regularly brew tea, flavor fruit and green salads, and season chicken and fish dishes with the flavorful leaves.  Fresh stems of summer flowers are beautiful in mixed bouquets.  Lemon balm grows best in rich organic soil where it will receive some shade during the day.

Harvesting:  Lemon balm is a warm season plant and should be considered a seasonal delight.  Cut as many of the leaves as needed, wash and dry them, then add to cooking at the last minute for maximum flavor value.   A wonderful tea can be made by cutting a few leaves, putting them in a pitcher, pouring boiling water over them, and steeping for about 15 minutes -- enjoy your tea over ice!  Lemon balm does not retain its flavor when dried but enough scent does remain to use in potpourri.  

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Ships As: 3-inch pot
Cannot Ship To: AK  AZ  CA  


Perennial
Hardiness Zones: 9 - 10
Mature Height: 30 (inches tall)
Mature Width: 20 (inches wide)
Group Plantings & Hedge Spacing 20 (inches on center)
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil Preference: Alkaline
Soil Moisture Preference: Moist yet well drained
Sun Preference: Part sun 4-6 hrs per day
Deer Resistant: No
Bloom Season: Late summer
Dormancy: May ship in a dormant state where winter color is not as bold as summer hues


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