Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Close up of the leaves of the herb Lemon Balm growing together in a feature garden in Epicurious SouthBank Brisbane

Lemon balm is a pretty plant that prefers rich moist soil and partial shade. It can tolerate direct sunlight but plants grown in shade tend to be larger and more succulent. It is related to mint in appearance, but it is not as invasive and easier to control. A clump-forming herbaceous perennial with heart shaped, deeply veined leaves that are covered with stiff hairs. Chopped fresh leaves can be used to add zest to sweet or tangy dishes. It combines well with allspice, bay leaves, mint, pepper, rosemary and thyme. A wonderful addition to fruit salads, green salads, herb butters, fruit drinks, sorbets. It can also be used in egg dishes, custards, soups and casseroles. It works well in stuffings for poultry,lamb or pork. Its subtle flavour is a perfect for sauces and marinades for fish.

$3.90

Specifications of Lemon Balm

Preferred Climate Tropical, Subtropical, Warm Temperate, Cool Temperate, Arid (Dry)Learn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 0-1m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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Lemon Balm Reviews & Tips

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Julie Crisp
2y ago

Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Lemon Balm

This herb is brilliant steeped in boiling water and drunk when you feel an attack of Shingles or cold sores coming on. Beats any medications!

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