Lemon balm - Plant
Description for Lemon balm
Melissa officinalis, known as lemon balm, balm, common balm, or balm mint, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to south-central Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean region, and Central Asia.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Lemon balm,Melissa officinalis,balm,common balm, balm mint||green||June to August||1.50 to 2.00 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Sow lemon balm seed Â¼ inch deep. Thin successful seedlings to 8 inches apart and later to 18 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Lemon balm spreads by underground roots. To keep lemon balm from spreading, set it in the garden in a container that will keep the roots in place. Remove unwanted plants before they become established.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Dry to medium||65 to 75 degrees||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Lemon balm
- Cut back plants in fall leaving just 2 inches of stem.
- The plant may freeze back to the ground in winter but will re-grow from underground roots and re-new itself in spring.
Typical uses of Lemon balm
Special features: Herb gardens. Border fronts. Naturalize as a ground cover in informal areas
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic).