Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Growing Zones 5-7
  • Height: 24-36″
  • Width: 12-18″
  • Spacing:  15-18″
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Location: Sun-Part Shade
  • Water:  Average





The green leaves of lemon balm have the scent of lemon with a hint of mint, with leaves that look like oversized mint—no surprise, since lemon balm is part of the mint family. Lemon balm can grow 24 to 36 inches tall and makes a nice green clump of medium-textured leaves among the other herbs and flowers in your garden. The plant looks best when it is cut back periodically, so plan to use lots of fresh, flavorful leaves to brew tea, flavor fruit or green salad, and season fish. Be sure to include stems in bouquets of summer flowers.