Lemon Balm Plant (Melissa officinalis) is a member of the mint family and is a perennial herb. It is known by many names such as Melissa, sweet balm, honey plant, balm mint, garden balm and English balm. It grows as a bushy, leafy herb with a pleasant lemon smell and small white flowers.
Fresh or dried leaves can be used to make herb teas, while leaves will give a lemony kick to salads, sauces, vinegars and fish dishes – they are best used fresh, rather than cooked. Dried leaves are added to potpourris and herb pillows.
Growing Lemon Balm Plant
It can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
While adaptable to almost any soil and sun conditions, some shade can actually improve the flavor.
This herb grows best in moist soil with good drainage, in sun or partial shade.
The plant will remain green during mild winters.
This plant responds well to cutting, growing back twice as thick.
Whenever your plant is looking tired due to drought, hail, insects, or other stress, just cut it back and let it rejuvenate itself with fresh, new growth.
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