Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial herb in the mint family. It is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Lemon balm has a lemon-scented, slightly astringent taste. The leaves can be used fresh or dried to make tea, as well as added to other dishes for flavor.
Lemon balm is easy to grow and can be started from seed, division, or cuttings. It prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Once established, it is drought tolerant. Lemon balm will spread aggressively if left unchecked, so it is best suited for growing in containers or areas where it can be controlled.