Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a gentle, calming herb, appropriate for children and adults alike. It has a lemony flavour akin to old-school lemon drop candies. One of my favourite herbs for an upset or bloated stomach.
This herb garden staple can be a little bit pernicious. I suggest giving the plants a big chop shortly after flowering if you want to avoid a "bomb" of seedlings next spring. On the plus side, bees and other pollinators love the tiny, white flowers!
Makes an herbal tea or tincture.
Special Notes: Perennial. Self-seeder. Prefers full sun and well-draining soil, but will tolerate a range of conditions. Tiny white flowers. Blooms in late midsummer. Can be grown in a deep container. Hardy zone 5-9.
Approximately 100+ seeds per packet.
Seed Starting and Growing: These tiny seeds need light to germinate so be sure to sow lightly on the soil surface. Broadcast in the garden in fall or early spring. Sow in a pot and cold stratify -- placing in the fridge will work.
About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.