Balm - Melissa officinalis

    Alternative names
    Lemon Balm

    A lemon scented hairy plant, usually about 60 cm but sometimes taller. Flowers whitish or pale yellow, often becoming pinkish, 8 -15 mm long in leafy whorled interrupted spikes. The upper lip is erect, the lower three-lobed.

    Identification difficulty

    Shaded habitats and cultivated land. Many records may be from casuals and naturalised garden escapes.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional in southern Wales and England as far north as the Midlands.

    VC55 Status

    Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

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