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Balm, Lemon Variegated (Melissa officinalis variegata)



Attracts Bees and Butterflies


Height: 1 to 2 feet
Aspect: Sun or semi shade
Soil Type: Any
Uses: Culinary and Medicinal
Care: Cut back after flowering to allow for a second flush of variegated foliage.
Usually available: All year
Pot size supplied: Grown in a 10 cm (4 inch) pot
Hardiness: LEVEL 1 - see 'Description' tab below

Balm, Lemon Variegated (Melissa officinalis variegata)

Balm, Lemon Variegated – Melissa officinalis variegata

Balm, Lemon Variegated – Melissa officinalis variegata is, as it suggests, a variegated form of Lemon Balm with gold splashed leaves.

It is a hardy perennial with wrinkled green/gold leaves that have a delicious lemon scent.

Plants tolerate most conditions but prefer full sun or partial shade. As a member of the mint family it can be quite boisterous in the border so plant sensibly. Cut back after flowering to avoid self seeding and to encourage a second flush of fresh foliage. As hardy as common Lemon Balm but keep cutting back in order to retain the variegation.

A herb that has many medicinal and culinary properties. The lemon flavour and scent works well with a variety of dishes. Well known in ‘Melissa tea’ which promotes sound sleep.

A useful Bee Plant, excellent for planting around bee hives or in orchards to attract them.


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Product Description

This plant is grown in a 4″ (10cm) pot. It is ready to be placed (weather permitting) into it’s final position. You will receive an instruction label which gives you further cultural instructions.

Note: If the Plant is in season but not in stock it may be available in small quantities. please contact us for stock. Read more on availability here

This plant is LEVEL 1 – Fully hardy UK wide

These levels are determined by Norfolk Herbs and are to be used simply as a guide. Our levels go from 1 (fully hardy) to 6 (requires a heated environment over winter).

Additional information

Weight0.5 kg

1 – 2 Foot

Life Cycle



Whites and Creams

Ideal for Bee & Butterfly




Planting Position

Full Sun, Semi-Shade

Herb Group


Herbs for Tea


Ideal for Tubs & Containers


Culinary Herbs

Desserts, Drinks, Garnish





Width / Spread

1-2 feet


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