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Orange Balm is an aromatic Mint type perennial with a pleasant mandarin orange fragrance.  Similar to Lemon Balm, it has a spreading mounding growth habit with five lobed dark green leaves.

Orange balm is a perennial herb that typically grows to a height of about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimeters).  It has ovate, bright green leaves with serrated edges. When the leaves are crushed or brushed against, they release a delightful citrusy fragrance, which is why it's called "orange balm."  The plant produces small clusters of white or pale yellow flowers that are attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies.  Orange Balm leaves are sometimes used as a culinary herb. They can be added to teas, fruit salads, beverages, and desserts to impart a citrusy flavour.

Orange Balm - Melissa officinalis

  • Orange balm is relatively easy to grow. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade.  It is a perennial plant and can be grown from seed from late spring to early autumn or can be divided from a larger plant.

    It can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or by dividing established plants. Regular pruning can help maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth.

    Orange balm is sometimes used as a companion plant to deter certain pests and attract beneficial insects to gardens.

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