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Melissa officinalis

Common Name(s): Lemon balm
Family: Lamiaceae
Growth Habit: Perennial
Growing Days: 60 to 140 (days)
Abs.Max=86° (F)    Opt.Max=77° (F)
Opt.Min=57° (F)    Abs.Min=43° (F)
Precipitation: 31 to 39 (in.)
Winter Minimum: -26° (F)
Soil pH: 5 to 6
Soil Texture/Type: Medium
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day
Light Intensity: Very bright
Sedative. Survives best with a continuous snow cover. Long-lasting cold weather results in root damage. Sensitive to excessive or inadequate soil moisture.
No diseases found for the ten pathogens searched.
Additive - flavoring, Honey - , Environ. - ornamental, Material - essent oils, Medicinal - folklore
Subtropical-dry summe, steppe and semi-arid, temperate
Geographical Origin:
Macaronesia, Northern Africa, Caucasus, Soviet Middle Asia, Western Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, Southwestern Europe, Widely cultivated
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