Balm was cultivated in Europe by 1551. Gerard likened its fragrance to citron, and the influential writer Abercrombie noted in 1778, "so refreshing is the smell . . . that (it has) the first claim to a place in our gardens." Jefferson listed "Balm" among his garden herbs in 1794. Its lemon-scented leaves are useful in cooking, teas, and home remedies. Prefers sun and well-drained soil.
Sow seed indoors in sterile, seed-starting mix or direct sow after last frost. Grows to three feet. USDA Zones 4-9.
Approximately 140 seeds per pack.
Line Drawing from New Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora
by H. A. Gleason (1958). zone4, zone5, zone6, zone7, zone8, zone9