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Scientific Name: Melissa officinalis
Pronunciation: MEE-LISS-uh uh-fiss-ih-NAY-liss
Common Name: lemon balm
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: leaves smell of lemons when crushed
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Dense, Spreading, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 C)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Container planting, Dried flower or fruit, Fragrance, Ground cover, Herb, Medicinal plant, Perennial border, Summer interest
Additional Info: Google Images
lemon balm
Leaf Morphology:
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation:
Surfaces: Distinctive smell, Glandular hairs, Rugose
Colour in Summer: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate

Inflorescence Type: Spike
Flower Morphology:
Colour (petals): Showy, Yellow, (fades to white)
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: Jul, Aug

Fruit Type: Nut
Fruit Colour:
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy, nutlets enclosed in a persistent calyx

Bark or Stem Colour:
Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Pest Susceptibility: Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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