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Commonly known as bee balm for its appeal to bees — and other neighborhood pollinators. Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora) develops fragrant clusters of leaves topped by purple flowers that grow 24-30 inches tall. Most popular when dried and used in tea, this herb also makes its way into jellies for a bit of citrus tang. 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 airtight jars and use as needed.