Melissa officinalis


Lemon-scented, light green leaves appear in early spring and are followed in midsummer by spikes of tiny, pale-yellow flowers, which fade to white or lilac. This is an easy-to-grow foliage plant that is ideal for the front of a sunny border or herb garden. The flowers are attractive to bees, reflected in one of the plant’s common names (bee balm), and the lemon-scented leaves are delicious in salads, soups and also great for tea making.

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Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis, is a robust herbaceous perennial grown for its aromatic foliage, which can be used in desserts and to make a revitalising herbal tea. In the summer months it produces small white flowers that are a hit with bees. Use a small handful of fresh leaves, then steep and strain to make tea that can be enjoyed hot or iced.Like mint, it’s a particularly rampant grower, so is best confined to a raised bed or container where it can’t spread too much.For best results, grow Melissa officinalis in moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Cut back after flowering to promote fresh growth and prevent seeds from forming

Position: full sun or partial shad

Soil type: poor, well-drained soil

Rate of Growth: average to fast

Flowering period: July

Hardiness: fully hardy

Pot size: 2L