Also known as bee balm or horsemint, Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora) was used by Native Americans to brew a tea and replaced black tea during the Boston Tea Party. Citrus-flavored leaves can be minced and added to fruit and used for jellies. Beautiful purplish bracts, 24-30″ tall, aromatic and colorful in fall. Excellent forage plant for pollinators. (Hardy perennial in zones 5-9) Learn How to Grow Mint here.
Each packet contains approximately 100 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Low maintenance plants thrive in sites with moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date or direct sow after all danger of frost has passed. Thin seedlings to 12- to 15-feet apart and trim back occasionally to keep plants tidy. Mulching with compost will help prevent moisture loss during summer months.
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. Pick flowers for drying just before they open. To dry, tie in small bundles and hang upside down in a well-ventilated area. Store in air tight jars and use as needed.