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Due to its beauty and fragrance, the medieval Frankish king, Charlemagne, had lemon balm planted in every monastery garden. Add to tea, use as a cooking herb to impart lemony flavor, or enjoy its aromatherapeutic qualities in a relaxing bath. Used by herbalists for insomnia and to soothe upset stomachs. A good container variety.
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Hardiness: Perennial, USDA zones 3–7
Plant Dimensions: 18"–24" tall, 24"–36" wide
Variety Information: Lemon balm has crinkled, oval leaves with serrated edges and square stems. The leaves have a lemony mint flavor and fragrance. Small white flowers bloom from mid- to late summer.
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers