Melissa officinalis

Lemon-scented perennial herb attracts pollinators. Direct sow or start indoors.


Lemon-scented perennial herb attracts pollinators. If you've never immersed your nostrils into a patch of lemon balm, you are in for a surprise: the aroma that emanates from the patch is overwhelmingly lemony and smooth, seemingly more lemony than an actual lemon! It's a worthwhile activity: lemon balm has been clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress levels in the body as well as to boost the speed of mental performance. While your results may vary, there is no disputing that it makes a lovely tea; its leave dry easily and quickly in any protected spot.


Art Pack, 200 seeds

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Lemon Balm | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Seeds

  • Days to Germination 5 - 14 days
    Days to Maturity 80 days transplant
    Planting Depth 0"
    Spacing in Row 12"
    Spacing Between Rows 12"
    Height at Maturity 18 inches
    Width at Maturity 24 inches


    The strongly lemon scented herb will spread where ever you let it. Start seeds by surface sowing a few per cell. Keep moist but not wet. Transplant out when plants are 3-4 inches high, in a spot they can spread. Harvest leaves for tea, let flower to feed the bees. A perennial that will also self-sow.

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