The Q&A Archives: Melissa Varieties

Question: I would like to know any perennials/flowers/plantings that have the name "Melissa" in their name. I would be interested in starting a" Melissa" garden in the memory of my daughter who died last year. You were referred by my county extension service.

Answer: This is an uncommon name in the plant world. I was surprised to be unable to locate a listing for a rose named Melissa, for instance.

You should be able to find lemon balm (a sweet herb in the mint family)which is technically Melissa officinalis and is available in at least two forms, one green and one golden. There is a lavender called Lavandula angustifolia 'Melissa'and a flowering bee balm or bergamot called Monarda "Melissa"; Snow Creek Gardens offers a true lily, Lillium x "Princess Melisssa" ( ); unfortunately that is all I am able to come up with in a relatively quick search but I hope it is enough to get you started. I'm sorry about your daughter.

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