Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, is a lovely perennial herb to have around. It is safe for children and adults alike. We like to rub our hands on the leaves while walking past for an immediate mood boost, so it is good to plant next to a path. The scent is uplifting and tastes great as a sun tea or as hot herbal tea. Lemon Balm is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden and may reseed in your garden, giving you even more stalks for tea or tincture. It is also lovely infused in olive oil for salves.
The plants grow 1-3 feet high and 1 foot wide and are drought-tolerant once established. Grows in full sun to part shade. Flowers attract bees and butterflies. Cut stalks to the ground after flowering to get fresh new growth. Perennial in zones 5-9.
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