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Melissa officinalis 'Lemonella'
(hardy in zones 5-9)
When to Sow:
Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall/Anytime
Ease of Germination:
An improved variety, similar to ‘Citronella Balm’. Enjoy a burst of a zesty lemon aroma stronger than any other variety! Leaves can be dried and brewed into a calming tea. Medicinal properties are similar to lemon balm, suitable for use as a nervine, pain relieving, antiviral, hormone regulating and digestive aid. Try using fresh leaves in salads, soups and any other dish needing a touch of citrus. Like the standard variety, this herb requires little maintenance and grows best in full sun to partial shade. You can harvest a mature plant anytime! Although if you do big harvests, cut the stems about 2 inches from the ground, leaving the first set of leaves (This can usually only be done around twice a season), or harvest a few leaves at a time as you need! For optimal flavour, harvest the leaves just before it flowers, in the morning when the oil concentration is highest. Too much sun will blacken the leaves, so hang in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Keep leaves in big pieces after drying to retain the oils.
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