Herb, Lemon Mint
- Self-seeding annual plants
- Plants grow to 24-30 inches tall
- Purple flower bracts attract bees
- Leaves are aromatic and citrus-flavored
(Monarda citriodora) (aka Lemon Bee Balm, Horsemint) Used by Native Americans for medicinal and culinary purposes. Citrus-flavored leaves can be minced and added to fruit jellies. Beautiful purplish bracts, 24-30" tall. Aromatic and colorful in fall. Excellent bee forage plant. Self-seeding annual.
Learn to Grow it
You can sow seeds indoors or directly into the soil in mild areas starting around mid-spring.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.