The Bee's Knees of Aromatic Plants

Meet Melissa officinalis, a plant that's as charming as it sounds. Also known as Lemon Balm, Bee Herb, and Sweet Balm, this plant is a must-have for any garden enthusiast. It's not just a pretty face, this plant is a magnet for colorful butterflies and pollinators, making your garden a buzzing hub of activity.

Melissa officinalis

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Very Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions (once every two weeks), rarely needs watering.

Adaptable but Rocky Soil Challenging

Adapts well but may find rocky soils challenging due to physical effort needed for planting.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Melissa officinalis

Melissa officinalis stands proud at 2-3 feet tall and spreads out to a width of 1.5-3 feet. Its jade-colored leaves are not just a feast for the eyes, but also for the nose, with a delightful perfume that fills the air. Come autumn and midyear, it adorns itself with snowy flowers that are both edible and durable.

Did you know that the name 'Melissa' is derived from the Greek word for 'honey bee'? This plant is a favorite among bees, hence the name Bee Herb!

Also known as

Bee Herb
Common balm
Garden Balm
Lemon Balm
Sweet Balm
Tea Balm


Yes, the flowers of Melissa officinalis are edible. But that's not all, even its leaves are cookable, adding a zesty flavor to your dishes.

Our design recommendations

Melissa officinalis is a versatile plant that can be used as a boundary in your garden. Its compact size makes it perfect for tubs and small spaces. Plus, its aromatic nature adds an extra layer of sensory delight to your garden. This plant is a great fit for a native plant area or a compact space. It can also thrive in a tub, making it a flexible choice for various landscape locations.