Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'
Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'
Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'
Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'
Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'
Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'

Marissa Limoncella ' Melissa officinalis'

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The "Marissa Limoncello" plant refers to a specific variety of Lemon Balm, scientifically known as Melissa officinalis. This particular variety is noted for its strong lemon scent, which is much more potent than other lemon balm varieties. It's a perennial herb native to southern Europe and is part of the mint family. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, making it a versatile addition to gardens across a wide range of climates. Lemon Balm 'Limoncello' is celebrated for its delightful citrusy notes, making it an excellent choice for teas, as a fragrant ground cover, and for adding aromatic lemon flavors to various culinary dishes


Full sun to partial sun.

Pet safe, non-toxic

Flavor Profile: Strong, sweet lemon taste with herbal undertones.

Culinary Use: The leaves are used fresh or dried in teas, salads, and to flavor dishes and drinks with a lemony zest.

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The Marissa Limoncello, a variety of Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis 'Limoncello'), boasts several distinct attributes:

Aroma: It emits a strong, refreshing lemon scent, more intense than other lemon balm varieties, making it highly valued for its fragrance.

Appearance: This plant features bright green, oval to heart-shaped leaves with a slightly toothed edge. It can produce small, white flowers in late summer, which are attractive to bees and butterflies.

Growth Habit: 'Limoncello' grows in a bushy, clump-forming manner, typically reaching heights of 18-24 inches and spreading about the same width.

Hardiness: It is hardy in USDA zones 4-9, indicating good cold tolerance and the ability to thrive in a variety of climates.

Light Requirements: Prefers full sun to partial shade, with more intense fragrance produced in full sun.

Soil and Water Needs: Thrives in well-drained soil with moderate moisture. While drought-tolerant once established, it benefits from regular watering during prolonged dry spells.

Medicinal Benefits: Traditionally used for its calming effects, to aid digestion, and to help relieve stress and anxiety.

Pollinator Friendly: Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators to the garden, enhancing biodiversity.

Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, though regular harvesting of leaves can encourage bushier growth. It can be invasive, so some gardeners prefer to contain it in pots.

Location: Choose a sunny to partly shaded spot in your garden.

Soil: Plant in well-drained, fertile soil with a neutral to slightly acidic pH.

Spacing: Space plants about 18-24 inches apart to allow for full growth.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water more frequently during dry spells.

Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Pruning: Trim regularly to encourage bushier growth and prevent it from becoming leggy.

Harvesting: Harvest leaves as needed, preferably in the morning when the aromatic oils are strongest.

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