Another favorite of bees! Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a member of the mint family with a citrus tone, making it an excellent choice for herbal and medicinal teas, which has been done since the 14th century. Reported to be helpful for calming nerves and tummies. Grows white flowers on plants that are 28-59 inches tall. Perennial in zones 4-9.
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Low maintenance plants thrive in sites with moist, well-drained soil and partial shade. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or direct sow on the surface after all danger of frost has passed. Thin seedlings 12- to 15-feet apart and trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy.
Gather young leaves and use fresh in salads or teas. For best flavor, pick in the early morning when aromatic oils are at their flavorful peak. To dry, tie in small bundles and hang upside down in a well-ventilated area. Store in air tight jars and use as needed.