Bee Balm, Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm
Southern Europe; Naturalized Elsewhere in Europe and in Eastern U.S.A.
Aromatic foliage is used to scent the inside of hives to keep bees from swarming. Rubbed on the skin, it is said to prevent bee stings.Leaves impart a refreshing lemon-mint flavor to hot or cold drinks.
Source of plant
Upright pubescent perennial reaching 2' in height. Leaves broadly ovate, often cordate, 1" to 3" long,crenate-serrate, petioled, lemon-scented; verticillasters 4- to 12-flowered, calyx to 1/4" long, teeth mucronate, lower teeth longer, corolla about 1/2" long, white; summer-blooming.
USDA Hardiness Zone
fragrance, medicinal/pharmaceutical, other ethnobotanical uses, bee plant