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Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis


Height - 2 feet

Width - 2 feet


Part shade

Plant Type

Adapted perennial/herb

Other common names

Balm mint

(often confused with Beebalm, Horsemint & Lemon Mint)


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Save Water   Low to medium water required
More Color   White flowers in summer 
Attract Wildlife   Bees and butterflies love the flowers
Reduce Maintenance   Cut to 12" in winter to control size
Texas Tough    Drought tolerant in part shade, with 1-2" layer of mulch

Interesting Facts

Crushed leaves of herb emit a pleasant lemon scent.  Used to flavor beverages and cooking.  Soothes mild gastrointestinal problems (is said to help ease morning sickness during early pregnancy).  Can be used in tea or dried for potpourri.  Lemon-scented leaves may help deter insect bites (similar to citronella). 

Lemon Balm in Frisco

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