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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


The Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP Members
By dave on January 18, 2014

Ever wonder what the most popular annuals appear to be? We have run a report of the most photographed and discussed annuals in our database!

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 17, 2012 11:34 PM

This plant is a native wildflower here in North Texas & is a great nectar plant for many insects!

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Posted by BlueOddish (South Jordan, Utah, USA - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2020 4:10 PM

The Hopi name for this plant is "Nanákopsi".

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:34 PM

Lemon Bee Balm can be made into soap and contains natural ingredients to soothe burns and stings.

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Plant Events from our members
TexasPlumeria87 On March 19, 2016 Seeds sown
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 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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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My "new" plantings for 2021...some are re-attempts by UrbanWild Feb 21, 2021 10:18 AM 7
Ditch weed or butterfly food by MarineCory Jun 3, 2020 10:24 AM 1
Bee friends and other garden guests 2020 by gardenfish Feb 19, 2021 7:22 AM 2,805
Help with ID please by mnmat Jun 29, 2018 2:50 PM 7
What is this plant by 55ihsan55 Aug 23, 2016 3:51 PM 4
HAVE: Plenty to trade! by lovesblooms Jun 8, 2016 9:07 AM 27
Best plants for attracting, in Central FL by tcs1366 Mar 10, 2015 1:51 PM 31
Who is saving seeds this fall? by mom2goldens Oct 21, 2014 12:53 PM 100
Texas Wildflowers by jmorth Jun 23, 2016 8:43 PM 132
what is lemon grass and lemon balm? by Frillylily Mar 8, 2014 11:55 PM 14

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