Cultivating History

Scientific Name: Melissa officinalis L.

Family: Lamiaceae

Common name: Balm

Description: Erect perennial herb with a lemon-like flavor flowering July-October.

Range and Habitat: Native of the Mediterranean region and naturalized in waste ground.

In Porcher’s time… Balm was cultivated for bees. This aromatic plant was so widely cultivated that Porcher wrote it “need scarcely more than a reference.”

See the historical entry on this plant as it appears in Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests

See the contemporary entry on this plant as it appears in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database