Botanical name: Melissa officinalis
Synonym: Mutelia officinalis, Faucibarba officinalis, Thymus melissa
Common name: Lemon balm, balm, balm mint
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae, mint or deadnettle family)
Native to: southern Europe and the Mediterranean region
Life cycle: perennial
Flower colour: white
Flower time (Central / West-Europe): July to September
Characteristics and usage: medicinal & culinary herb, lemon balm is attractive to bees and bumblebees.
Weight of 1000 seeds: 2,3g
Seeds per gram: 430
Cultivation / direction of sowing: sow seed at 20ºC (68ºF), germinates in less than two weeks or directly into final growing places from May. Melissa officinalis needs a position in full sun or part-shade.