Monarda didyma

Bee Balm

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Bee Balm is an upright herbaceous  perennial with aromatic serrated dark green foliage.  The fringe-like scarlet red flowers blooms in whorls at the top of the thick stems in summer, attracting bees and butterflies.  Best bloom in full sun and well-drained soil.

Monarda didyma is a native host for several moths, including Gray Marvel and Hermit Sphinx.  The flower nectar also attracts other pollinators, bees, butterflies, and the Ruby-Throated hummingbird.  

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

2' - 4'

Spread: 

2' - 3’

Spacing: 

2’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

4 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

Red

Season of Interest: 

Summer

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:  Low Maintenance.  Root rot can be an issue in poorly-drained soils.  Susceptibility to foliar diseases increase if the soil is allowed to dry.  Watch for rust.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasWildlife GardenRock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS: Trumpet VineConeflowerButterfly Weed

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