BCP/Melissa officinalis

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Melissa officinalis

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Profile for Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm)
Identifying Characteristics
Habit: Spreading herb
Flowers: Tubular, white
Foliage: Simple, opposite, dark green but cv. 'Aurea' has yellow leaves, and is common in gardens
Stem: Square in cross-section
Scent: Strong citrus scent from foliage
Life Cycle: Perennial
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Regional data and additional images for Melissa officinalis

Regional data:
Southeastern Pennsylvania: (cultivated) July, August, September
Southwest Oregon: August

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This page is a profile for the plant species Melissa officinalis, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.