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Melissa officinalis
Melissa officinalis

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Melissa officinalis

Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Herbs, Perennials

Native to southern Europe. A single plant grows to about 2 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, but plants self-sow and spread rapidly, sometimes becoming pests. Lemon-scented, heavily veined foliage is light green in the species. Leaves are used fresh in cold drinks, fruit cups, salads, and fish dishes; dried leaves give lemon perfume to sachets and potpourris. Likes rich soil. Shear occasionally to keep compact.

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