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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Lemon balm is a spreading herb with a strong citrusy fragrance. It can be used for teas and cooking and is frequently used for essential oil. Gardeners should be aware that it can be aggressive and should be carefully contained.

    Latin Name

    Melissa officinalis


    Family

    Lamiaceae


    Also Known As

    Balm Common Balm Balm Mint


    Type of Plant

    Herb
    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    June - August


    Seasons

    Summer
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Edible
  • Herb
  • Ground Cover

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Deer

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Southern Europe, Iran, Central Asia


    History

    Lemon balm was a valuable herb in the fledgling American colonies and was found in the medicinal gardens at Bethabara in 1761.


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