Bee Balm Monarda, native to North America, is a member of the mint family.
It is sometimes referred to as Bergamont, Oswego tea or Horsemint. Being a perennial of low maintenance makes it a welcome part of any garden. The Bee Balm does well in sun or partial sun and will be fine in the shade especially in hot summer months. The best time for planting is in spring and fall. You will get better results in zones 4 to 9. When mature, it can reach a height of 3 or 4 feet but could get as tall as 8 feet in some cases. A width of 18 to 36 inches may be reached. The roots are rhizomes. You will see seedlings in about 14 to 25 days. There are smaller varieties that would do well in container gardening, preferably 3-gallon containers with good drainage. The soil should be lush and moist with a pH of 6.0 to 6.7 though it can tolerate drought well. Its open, daisy-like shape and tubular petals bloom in late spring to early summer and reach a size of 1 or 2 inches. These colorful flowers will last one to two months.
Bee Balm Monarda is the foliage, not the flowers, that produce a fragrance that is loved by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
It will attract almost any pollinator so it might be a good idea to plant away from high traffic areas. Bee Balm is resistant to deer and rabbits both, so you stand a good chance of not having to run away any cute herbivore predators. There are a variety of colors from reds and pinks to purple and even white. It is recommended that deadheading flowers will bring the promise of even more blooms. Bee Balm has multiple uses in both the kitchen and the medicine cabinet. You will find that it is an ingredient in mouthwash.
Bee Balm Monarda Ships As- Bare Root