EPPO Global Database

Melissa officinalis(MLSOF)

Code created in: 2002-04-09

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: MLSOF
  • Preferred name: Melissa officinalis
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Mediterranean (northern), Black Sea, Central Asia. M. officinalis is widely cultivated (and naturalized),  and used as a herbal tea or medicinally (for example in China). Subsp.  altissima (q.v.) is a wild plant, from which subsp. officinalis was probably derived

WSSA list of weeds in North America

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Melissa officinalis subsp. officinalis Linnaeus

Common names
Name Language
balm English
bee balm English
lemon balm English
Zitronenmelisse German
mélisse citronelle French
mélisse officinale French
piment des abeilles French
abejera Spanish
albedarumbre Spanish
apiastro Spanish
cedrón Spanish
cidronela Spanish
hierba limonera Spanish
hierba luna Spanish
hoja de limón Spanish
limoncillo Spanish
limonera Spanish
melisa Spanish
pasto de abejas Spanish
té de calazo Spanish
té de huerto Spanish
tolongina Spanish
toronjil Spanish
toronjil cidrado Spanish
toronjil de limón Spanish
toronjina Spanish
toronjuil falso Spanish
appiastro Italian
cedronella Italian
erba cedrata Italian
limoncina Italian
melissa vera Italian
citroenmelisse Dutch
anafes Portuguese
chá-da-frança Portuguese
cidreira Portuguese
citronela-menor Portuguese
coroa-de-rei Portuguese
erva-cidreira Portuguese
erva-cidreira Portuguese
limonete Portuguese
melissa Portuguese
citronmeliss Swedish
remonbâmu Japanese
レモンバーム Japanese
лимонник Russian
мелисса лекарственная Russian
sitruunamelissa Finnish
oğulotu Turkish
melisah refu'it Hebrew
מֵלִיסָה רְפוּאִית Hebrew
melisa lekarska Polish
citromfű Hungarian
milcë Albanian
melisa Aragonese
tolongina Aragonese
torongil Aragonese
garraiska Basque
маточина Bulgarian
arangí Catalan
bedaranjí Catalan
cidrac Catalan
citronella Catalan
herba abellera Catalan
herba cidra Catalan
herba cidrera Catalan
herba llimonera Catalan
mlissa Catalan
tarongina Catalan
xiāng fēng huā Chinese
香蜂花 Chinese
ljekoviti matičnjak Croatian
meduňka lékařská Czech
lus na meala Irish
sitrunèla Occitan
medovka lekárska Slovak
navadna melisa Slovene
меліса лікарська Ukrainian