Lemon balm

Lemon balm

Lemon BalmLemon balm (Melissa officianalis) is an old world plant that has become naturalized around the world due to its medicinal reputation.

I don’t know of any culinary use except as a tisane. So when I saw this plant at the local nursery in the spring, I thought why not see how it will thrive in the house this winter?  Besides, I liked its looks.

For advice on growing lemon balm, I opened the “Herbs” volume of my Time Life Encyclopedia of Gardening (1977). I also poked around on the Internet. This is what I found:

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