Melissa officinalis 24" tall. The Greek word Melissa means ‘honeybee’; the plant in flower attracts them.
Yellow-green scalloped lemony leaves are delicious in teas, salads, with fruit, or dried for sachets. Infuse leaves in olive oil for a potent lemony anti-viral infused oil that’s great for topical creams and salves.
Plant in full sun in rich well-drained soil. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Some say Zone 4, but the clump we planted in Zone 3 has been coming back strong for 10 years. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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These plants have long histories of traditional medicinal use. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.