Melissa officinalis. Hardy perennial.
Delicate, light green foliage with a lemon scent. Bushy plants make an attractive accent or perennial border. Makes a tasty tea when combined with mint. Easy to grow; not fussy about soil or sun. Prospers even in dry soils or partial sun. Blossoms attract pollinators.
Planting & Harvesting
Seed Depth: 1/4″ (6mm)
Plant Space: 12″ (30cm)
Row Space: 18″ (46cm)
Sprouts In: 7-14 days
Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in early fall in mild climates. To maintain a tidy appearance, cut back foliage by one-third in summer when flowers appear.
Leaves may be used at any time. Cut back by two-thirds after flowering. Dry fully grown branches in the shade for later use.