Melissa officinalis

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Common Lemon Balm

Native to southern Europe, but has escaped gardens and naturalized in many parts of the U.S. Although its flowers are ornamentaly inconspicuous, honey bees love them. Leaves are edible and may be added to salads, soups, sauces or vegetables. Leaves are also used to flavor teas. Dried leaves may be added to sachets and potpourri. Plants also have a history of medicinal usage for various purposes, including calming nervous disorders, soothing insect bites and treating colds. Zone 3-7.