Melissa officinalis 'Lime' - Herbaceous perennial. 50-70cms height, 1-1.5 metres width. Full sun to part shade. Lime scented green foliage. Small white or pale purple flowers in summer. A good bee attracting plant. Will grow in most soil types, but prefers a moist, fertile, well drained soil. But will also grow in poor, dry soils. Prune back to the ground in late autumn or winter. Edible leaves, used fresh or cooked. Can also be used to make a tea. Leaves can be used to relieve insect bites, the dried leaves being especially used on bee stings. The crushed fresh leaves can also be rubbed into the skin as an insect repellent. The leaves are a good addition to potpourri. Frost tolerant.
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