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Melissa officinalis 'Aurea' (Variegated Lemon Balm)Herb Plant

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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Melissa officinalis 'Aurea' (Variegated Lemon Balm)Herb in 9cm Pot 

Variegated Lemon Balm  is a perennial herb that is part of the mint family, it shares many characteristics with its cousin lemon balm in that it is as easy to grow and is a robust grower!,  it too is lemon-scented but it has a distinct variegated gold/green foliage. Originally from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, it grows up to  60cm-1m tall with the right conditions. Variegated Lemon Balm will tolerate most soil types, but prefers a well-drained site in full-sun or partial shade. Variegated Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis 'Aurea') is an excellent addition to the garden for its beautiful foliage alone. During the summer months it and has a small show of white flowers in summer that are full of nectar, which attract bees, hence the genus name Melissa (Greek for 'honey bee')

Herb Usage

Variegated Lemon Balm has many uses, as a culinary herb it can be infused to make teas as well as flavouring ice-creams, it is also used as a herb for stuffing poultry. The addition of lime balm will add a lime zing to cooking in general, and is a useful addition to the herb garden. Harvest throughout the summer by snipping or pinching out the growing tips, it will keep regenerating all summer. Other uses include the leaves being crushed and rubbed onto the skin to repel insects.

Buy Lime Balm Online

Our potted lime balm plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.



Melissa officinalis 'Aurea' (Variegated Lemon Balm)Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Moist well drained soil
Flower Colour White
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Melissa officinalis 'Aurea'
Hardiness RHS rating H7 - Very Hardy
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Compresses/Poultice
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Herb
  • 5
    Arrived well packaged, great size, very healthy

    Posted by Debra Naccarato on 9th Apr 2021

    Will definitely buy from HGH again!

  • 5
    happy herbs

    Posted by Amy Willcox on 23rd Apr 2018

    delivery managed very efficiently with great care taken packing plants. All arrived safe and sound and are doing well planted up in their new home. Thank you for doing such a great job!