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Lemon Balm

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Melissa
Common Name Lemon Balm
Species M. officinalis

Maturity days

  • 56

Planting Months

Planting months
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Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Ground_cover Herb

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant No
Humidity tolerant No
Planting area Garden_bed
Sunlight Part_shade

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Short comments

Lemon scented herb, spread similar to mint

General comments

Lemon balm will grow from seed or cuttings. It self seeds readily and can become a nuisance if not checked. Leaf shape is somewhat like mint and it likes to spread in the same way. Pleasant lemon scent, released when a leaf is crushed. Will grow in sun or part-shade. Lemon balm is shallow rooted so needs some water in hot dry weather. Does not like constant wet soil though. Attracts bees.

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