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Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

A hardy perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region, and Central Europe and a member of the labiatae family that includes mint. It grows to about 60cm/2 feet in height, has green, heart-shaped lemon-scented leaves; and pale yellow/white flowers in summer.

The generic name, Melissa, comes from the Greek for "bee", as the plant is said to attract bees in swarms, and so was planted around hives in medieval times, when honey was prized as a luxury. It"s easy to grow, and can in fact be invasive, but the roots are easy to uproot if it gets out of hand. It also grows well in containers.

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