Melissa officinalis 'Mandarina'
A close relation of the better-known lemon balm, this herb has pale lavender flowers in summer which, and like all members of the mint family, are very attractive to bees. The leaves make a refreshing orangey flavoured tea and are also good in green and fruit salads, but pick them immediately before you need them to stop them going brown. These plants have all the same medicinal benefits of lemon balm, being used as a tonic and for many other treatments including cold sores, colds and fever, digestive upsets in children and on insect bites. Full sun, frost and drought hardy. Good for covering banks and tricky spots. Height to 30cm. Certified organic plant in 9cm pot.