Use of Lemon Balm dates back over 2000 years when Greek and Roman civilisations valued in it for medicinal purposes, hence the species name officinalis. The genus name Melissa refers to the bee attracting qualities of its flowers, whilst leaves contain a citronella compound known to repel mosquitoes.
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OTHER COMMON NAME(S)
Melissa, Bee Balm, Honey Plant, Balm Mint
Native to Southern Europe
Lemon Balm is also a good companion plant to many others including carob, citrus and passionfruit plants.
|Size||Small shrub (to 1m)|
|Sun Exposure||Partial sun|
|Harvest Season||Year round|