Difference between Bee balm-Lemon and Lemon Balm?

trmeyer(z5a MO)June 5, 2006

Is there any difference between the Lemon Bee Balm, and the lemon balm? I am currently growing lemon bee balm, and have seeds for the lemon balm as my plants that I bought from ebay died. Do I need to plant the lemon balm seeds? Or do I already have that growing? Thanks for the help.


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one is monarda citriodora (lemon bee balm) the other is Melissa officinalis the lemon balm... completely different...

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 3:12PM
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trmeyer(z5a MO)

Thank you very much. I was getting overly confused by the info I was drowing myself with. So I will plant my seeds for the lemon balm, and hopefully they will have time to grow this year:) Thanks again!!!


    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 4:14PM
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yer welcome! Lemon balm should be very easy for you to grow... treat it like mint. It even spreads in my sub-desert environment.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 4:32PM
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trmeyer(z5a MO)

ok. thanks again.


    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 10:06PM
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Also M. citriodora (AKA Purple Horsemint) is an annual. Will self-sow in the right conditions and prefers a sandy soil. It comes up for me from time to time in my meadow planting. BTW both belong in the Lamiaceae (mint) family.


    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 9:08AM
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trmeyer(z5a MO)

Thank you. I don't know if our conditions are conducive to self seeding, so maybe I will take a cutting or dig a small piece if it grows to bring inside to try to keep it alive. I'm not that good with inside plants, so hopefully it will have some good luck on it's side:) Thanks!


    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 1:08PM
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