The green leaves of Lemon Balm have the scent of lemon with a hint of mint, with leaves that look like over-sized Mint, no surprise, since Lemon Balm is part of the Mint family. The plant looks best when it is cut back periodically, so plan to use lots of fresh, flavorful leaves to brew tea, flavor fruit or green salad, and season fish. Be sure to include stems in bouquets of summer flowers. Lemon Balm is not picky about where they grow and will grow in almost any soil, but they prefer rich, well drained soil. Lemon Balm plants will grow in part shade to full sun, but flourish best in full sun. It is recommended that you do not fertilize Lemon Balm, as this can cause the strength of its scent to be reduced.
Lemon Balm's most popular use is in soothing herbal teas, where its lemon-scented oils are released, but it is also a popular garden plant for its refreshing, soothing aroma. The dried leaves are also a perfect ingredient for potpourri.
Height: 12-24 in.
Days to Maturity: 40
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade