Balm: Lemon Variegated (Melissa officinalis 'Aurea')
HARDY PERENNIAL. Ht 60cm.
This plant produces clusters of small, pale yellow flowers in summer and
is very easy to grow. It has highly aromatic, slightly wrinkled,
green/gold variegated lemon-scented leaves that can revert to green in
summer. Keep cutting back to promote new growth. Add the leaves to
flavour salads, soups, sauces, herb vinegars, game and fish. Chopped
leaves in hot water make a refreshing tea or mix the leaves with soft
cheeses. Plant in rich, fertile soil in full sun/part shade.