Makes a favorite tasty relaxing tea.
Drought tolerant. Plant after last frost. Self-sows.
Leaves used for tea with aromatic lemon flavor.Antiviral, sedative, anti-depressant, helps headaches. Long-flowering attractor of helpful insects.
BOTANICAL NAME: Melissa officinalis
Needs light and cool temperatures for germination-sow in pots in early spring (or fall) or give 2 weeks moist cold in fridge. Transplant 30" apart. Tolerates some shade. Cut for tea as needed-maximum potency attained as flowering starts. For attracting beneficial insects, scatter plants throughout the garden, and allow to flower. Clip a few plants back and leave others, so flowering is staggered all summer.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 4-9/Height 2-3'/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Bee Friendly
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