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Lemon Balm

Intense, sweet lemon fragrance and flavor; fresh leaves are excellent in teas, as a salad herb or as a flavorful garnish in fruit cups. Dried leaves are good in potpourri or tea. Attractive plant for the herb or flower garden. Variegated and golden-leaved forms offer a bright contrast. Reseeds in the garden, so you'll have plenty to use and share--and keep in mind that periodic shearing and harvest will minimize excess seeding.

Companion Plants


Broadleaf Sage


Plant Details

  • Common name

    Lemon Balm

  • Botanical name

    Melissa officinalis

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 4 (-30°F) to USDA Zone 9 (20°F).

  • Light


  • Height

    18-36" (46-91 cm)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    In spring

  • Water

    Water weekly during dry spells

  • Bloom Color


  • Bloom Time

    Blooms in summer

  • Maintenance

    Trim every six weeks

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Carl J.'s collection
  • Dana W.'s collection
  • Felicity T.'s collection
  • Nick S.'s collection
  • Tim Y.'s collection
  • Xena P.'s collection