GENUS: Melissa SPECIES: officinalis
Heritage Status: New Zealand
Number of Seeds: 100
Description: HERB Perennial 1 Meter. Lemon balm is in the mint family and native to south-central Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and Central Asia, but now naturalized elsewhere. The leaves have a mild lemon scent. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. It is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic).
Planting Instructions: Plant seed into trays in Spring, when first two leaves appear, prick out at 2.5 cm diagonal spacing and transplant into garden at 30 cm diagonal spacing when ground temperature reaches 15 degrees C.