An all gold selection of Lemon Balm. Grown both as an ornamental perennial or a culinary herb.
full sun leaves may scorch , prefers partial sun
average to moist
Soil & Site
average tolerates poor dry
small, two lipped, arranged in irregular whorls at leaf nodes on upright stems, mauve to lilac, rather insignificant since the foliage is the main attraction
simple, opposite, crenate and have a lemon scent when crushed, youngest leaves have the most flavor and fragrance
square typical of Mint Family
reaches 18-24 by 18-24 inches
If the clump becomes rangy just cut it back and the plant will respond with a new flush of growth.
The species plant Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) is native to southern Europe and northern Africa. Found growing in waste places, roadsides and disturbed lands. It has escaped cultivation and established itself in England, northern Europe and in North America.
The Lemon Balm has innumerable decorative, culinary, household, cosmetic, medicinal and aromatic uses. It was used 2000 years ago by the Greeks and was called "hearts delight". "Balm" is short for balsam, a term used for many fragrant plants.