Lemon Balm Seeds

Lemon balm is valued as a culinary, cosmetic and medicinal herb.

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$2.50

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The medieval Frankish king, Charlemagne had lemon balm planted in every monastery garden for the beauty of its crinkled and wonderfully fragrant foliage, and pretty white flowers.

Lemon balm is valued as a culinary, cosmetic and medicinal herb. Use fresh sprigs to top drinks and as garnishes on salads and main dishes. Fresh leaves give a nice lemon flavor to salads, soups, sauces and meats. The fresh or dried leaves make a great cold or hot tea, and the dried leaves can be used in potpourris. Traditionally valued as a medicinal herb, lemon balm has mild sedative properties.

Medicinal: Aerial parts used in teas for colds, flu, headache, and indigestion. Sedative. Antiviral.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Melissa officinalis
Life Cycle Perennial
Min. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Just Cover; barely cover with soil
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past, Early Fall
Growing Height 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
Plant Spacing 12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 4a: to -25F, USDA Zone 4b: to -20F, USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade, Light Shade
Danger N/A
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, Flowers are fragrant, May be a noxious weed or invasive, Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 90-100
Propagation Methods By dividing the rootball, From herbaceous stem cuttings, From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 200