Melissa officinalis
"Lemon Balm"
 Melissa officinalis "Lemon Balm"

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Bees buzz with glee for lemony Melissa officinalis! Easy and vigorous, this mint family member is a prolific re-seeder. Adds a lovely citrusy flavor in salads, cold drinks and fish dishes, too! A Mediterranean Native, it has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Tea made with fresh leaves is said to be great for mild anxiety and insomnia. Remove flowers (which appear in July and August) before they set seed to prevent an explosion of babies. Pinch back to keep from getting leggy. Great in containers! To 1.5’ tall and wide.

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USDA Zones 4-9