Mandarina - Limoncello

Melissa officinalis

Melissa officinalis, the traditional Lemon Balm, the foliage of which the strong true lemon scent is generally well known. We recently introduced Mandarina with a pronounced orange scent.
Our newest Melissa variety is called Limoncello and is quite special because it’s much stronger lemon scented than any other standard Lemon balm varieties. Both Lemon balm varieties are hardy perennials to USDA zone 4, and have a trailing habit so can be utilized as a ground cover or as a “spiller” component in mixed containers. Flowers are produced in summer and are small and white. Their finely lobed light green leaves are used for herbal teas with a wide range of medical properties. Ideal for use in mixed containers for the patio with both herbs and flowers and our patio tomatoes.

  • Easy to grow perennial herb hardy from zone 4a to 9b

  • Used for herbal teas to help sleep and also other various

  • Strong spreading plant with attractive foliage

  • Can be used to cover slopes and difficult areas

  • Excellent for large mixed patio containers

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Life cycle: perennial/herbs
Use: containers and pots, perfectly suited for garden fragrance, rockery, flavoring and in teas or potpourri
Height in pot: 15-20 cm (6-8 in.)
Garden height: 35-45 cm (14-18 in.)
Garden width: 35-45 cm (20-24 in.)
Seed count: 1,200-1,400 S/gr (33,600-39,200 S/oz)
Seed form: profi-seed
Germination rate: 85%

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