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Melissa officinalis

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Self-seeded, re-potted (since photo taken!).

Melissa officinalis | Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15
Plant Size
25cm × 17cm

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Plant Finder: about Melissa officinalis

Common names

Golden lemon balm, Variegated lemon balm, Bee balm, Lemon balm


Melissa officinalis (Golden lemon balm). This perennial has been used for generations as a medicinal herb, It will produce fragrant golden foliage.


They are very frost hardy, they prefer full sun or light shade, with slightly moist, well-drained soil. You can propagate from seed sown in the spring.

Interest and use

Fragrance, medicinal, ornamental (pot pourii), beds, borders, colour

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Melissa officinalis | Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

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    Hardy plants, for partial shade/full shade, lime clay soil, perennials preferred, wildlife/pollinator friendly (no double blooms).

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