Lemon Balm

Melissa Officinalis

Lemon Balm is a common herb from the Mint family seen all over in gardens in Ireland and has indeed been cultivated since the 16th century. When crushed, the scalloped, ovate leaves of this bushy perennial will release a mild citrus scent. 'Melissa' is Greek for 'honey bee' and the pollinators do love the nectar from its little white flowers in Summer. It can grow to up to a metre in height and is fairly spreading. An excellent tea herb!

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Well-drained
Position: Full sun to part shade
Season of Interest: Pollinator plant, aromatic, leaves used in tea
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 1.5-3ft (0.5-1m) Spread: up to 1.5ft (0.5m)

Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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