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Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)

Type: Species | Edit History      Plant ID - 32565



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Melissa
Species: Melissa officinalis
 
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Plant Types edit
  • Deciduous
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Fragrant
  • Herb
  • Invasive
  • Medicinal
  • Perennial
Zones / Hardiness edit
  • 3a (to -35 F / -37 C)
  • 3b (to -30 F / -34 C)
  • 4a (to -25 F / -32 C)
  • 4b (to -20 F / -29 C)
  • 5a (to -15 F / -26 C)
  • 5b (to -10 F / -23 C)
  • 6a (to -5 F / -21 C)
  • 6b (to 0 F / -18 C)
  • 7a (to 5 F / -15 C)
  • 7b (to 10 F / -12 C)
  • 8a (to 15 F / -9 C)
  • 8b (to 20 F / -7 C)
  • 9a (to 25 F / -4 C)
  • 9b (to 30 F / -1 C)
Height (Maximum) edit
  • 1 1/2 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm)
Spread (Maximum) edit
  • 2 to 5 feet (60 cm to 1 1/2 m)
Flowering Start edit
  • May
Flowering End edit
  • September
Leaf Colour edit
  • Green - Medium
Leaf Shape edit
  • Opposite
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Suitable For edit
  • Border/Bed
  • Edging
  • Butterfly Garden
Sun Exposure edit
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
Soil Types edit
  • Well-drained
  • Clay / Heavy
Soil pH edit
  • 6.5 - 6.9 (Very slightly acidic)
  • 7.0 (Neutral)
  • 7.1 - 7.5 (Very slightly alkaline)
Bloom Colour edit
  • White
Wildlife Value edit
  • Bees
  • Butterflies (larvae/caterpillar food)
Propagation Techniques edit
  • Seed
  • Division
Skill Level edit
  • Beginner
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Contributors For This Plant
toni (36069)
Frank (2697)
Netty (13558)
gardenplansireland (195)
petunia (333)
Jewell (5504)
Philip Nulty (153)
Peppersage (122)
  John Joseph (1)
Kay (765)
Karrma (184)
  Cayuga Morning (1356)


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gardenplansireland (195) wrote on Aug 09 2008
To calm your nerves further and avoid excessive maintenance, it may benefit you to plant Lemon balm in a container. Like mint, it tends to spread a bit.

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petunia (333) wrote on Aug 07 2008
Using dry leaves, can be made into tea. Also used to calm the nerves.

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  John Joseph (1) wrote on Jun 27 2009
One of the previous writers was too kind about lemon balm in saying that "it tends to spread a bit".

We are in southern Wisconsin and it has spread out of the herb garden to take over a large part of the lawn.

I like to do mechanical control, but each year, the spread of this plant seems to get worse and worse. A pot is definitely the way to go !

John Joseph

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Kay (765) wrote on Feb 05 2010
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Lemon balm has a wonderful fragrance, and a nice green colored foliage. I plant it in containers, as it is quite happy to spread all around the garden!

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Karrma (184) wrote on Jul 26 2011
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Lemon Balm came with the house we bought, and after a few years of trying to eradicate, I now "herd" it and weed whack it. It grows under our porch and deck as a groundcover, keeps the other weeds out, and makes a great tea or infusion for tisanes.

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  Cayuga Morning (1356) wrote on Sep 17 2011
Watch out for this one, it is pretty aggressive.....

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