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Lemon Balm

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LEMBAL

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SKU:
LEMBAL
Weight:
1.00 LBS
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_description-height:
3 feet
_description-width:
5 feet
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Full Sun, Partial Shade
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Melissa officinalis
Attracts:
Pollinators
Bloom Time:
Late Summer
Edible:
Yes
Family:
Melissa
Flower Color:
White
Foliage Color:
Green
Genus:
Lemon Balm
Growth Rate:
Fast
Hardiness Zone:
4a
Harvest Season:
Late Spring to Early Fall
Landscape Uses:
Massing, Garden, Herb, Container
Mature Height:
3 feet
Mature Width:
5 feet
Prune Time:
Spring Cleanup
Light Needs:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs:
Average to Moist
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Green
_callout-26|Flower Color:
White
_callout-27|Bloom Time:
Late Summer
_callout-28|Attracts:
Pollinators
_callout-10|Edible:
Yes
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Massing, Garden, Herb, Container

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Product Overview

Melissa officinalis
A perfect addition to the herb garden with its lemony leaves; it prefers full sun but is moderately shade tolerant, especially in drier climates; spreads vegetatively as well as by seed, tiny white flowers attract pollenating bees to your garden

Edible Qualities

Lemon Balm is a perennial herb that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant pointy green leaves which emerge light green in spring are usually harvested from late spring to early fall. The leaves have a zesty taste and a pleasant fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Tea

Features

Lemon Balm's attractive fragrant pointy leaves emerge light green in spring, turning green in color throughout the season. It features dainty lightly-scented white flowers along the stems in late summer.

This is an herbaceous perennial herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Self-Seeding

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Lemon Balm is sutiable for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lemon Balm will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated herb garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Lemon Balm is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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