General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Plant Height: 12 to 30 inches
Plant Spread: 9 to 12 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Lavender to pink to white
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Other info: Readily self-seeds. Rake into loose soil fall or early spring.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Lemon Mint
  • Lemon Bee Balm
  • Horsemint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Beebalm
  • Plains Horsemint
  • Purple Horsemint
  • Lemon Bergamot
  • Beebalm
  • Lemon Horsemint

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  • Posted by BlueOddish (South Jordan, Utah, USA - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2020 4:10 PM concerning plant:
    The Hopi name for this plant is "Nanákopsi".
  • Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 17, 2012 11:34 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is a native wildflower here in North Texas & is a great nectar plant for many insects!
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:34 PM concerning plant:
    Lemon Bee Balm can be made into soap and contains natural ingredients to soothe burns and stings.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sow
lovesblooms On February 24, 2018 Seeds sown
winter sown
lovesblooms On February 28, 2017 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On January 28, 2017 Seeds sown
MrsBinWY On July 4, 2019 Transplanted
On 7-4-2019, planted 9 out by Echium amoenum.
MrsBinWY On May 19, 2019 Transplanted
On 5-19-2019, planted 5 in the alley in front of Aquilegia chrysantha.
MrsBinWY On April 13, 2019 Potted up
16 pots with multiple seedlings per pot
MrsBinWY On February 1, 2019 Seeds germinated
~14 groups showing activity
MrsBinWY On January 27, 2019 Seeds sown
16 groups of seeds from docmom's 2015G in milk jug @ room temp
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