Herb Description: Strongly lemon scented, Lemon Balm is a popular ingredient of herbal teas and potpourris! Fresh leaves give a nice lemon flavor to salads, soups, sauces and meats. Lemon Balm is also valued for its medicinal properties! Used to treat colds, flu, indigestion, etc. It is a perennial that grows up to 30 inches tall and produces insignificant pale yellow flowers in summer. Should be mulched to protect plant in harsh climates. Attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds. May be invasive. Deadhead to prevent self sowing.
Herb Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Other Common Names: Common balm, Bee Balm, Sweet Balm, Bee's Leaf, Honey Plant
Herb Duration: Perennial
Days to Herb Maturity: 75
Herb Seeds Per Oz: 41600
Herb Height: 12” to 18”
Herb Spacing: 12” to 15”
Herb Planting: Sow seeds indoors before last frost, or direct sow seeds outside after last frost. Plant seeds just under soil surface, and water.
Herb Seed Saving: Allow seed heads to dry on plants; then remove heads, break them open, and collect seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.
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