The richly colored flowers of bee balm are perfect for fast-growing borders. Each brilliant bloom explodes like fireworks atop the tall stems. Hummingbirds really love the big blooms.
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Bloom Time: Summer
Size: 2" Pot
Zones: 4 to 9
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Bee Balm Mix Product Details
Partial Shade/Full Sun
2 - 3'
15 - 18"
12 - 24"
4 - 9 (-20 degrees F)
Medium green leaves, ovate to lanceolate 3-6" long, downy on the underside of the leaves.
2" terminal cluster, surrounded by bracts - "spidery" tubular flowers in whorls.
Pink, red, white, or purple.
Early to mid summer.
Plant crown 1/2" below the soil surface. Plants are susceptible to powdery mildew - thin to increase air circulation in established clumps.
Well drained moisture retentive soil
Moderate to fast.
It is a good plant for the perennial garden with bright color on strong sturdy stems. Very attractive to hummingbirds. Used in some oils and perfumes to mask odor of ill-smelling chemicals.
Thin in spring; cut back to ground in fall.
Practice clean cultivation at all times. Preventative applications of fungicide will help control mildew. Divide in spring to maintain vigor (at least every 3 years; fertilize when replanting) Not drought tolerant. Locate where spreading tendencies won't be a problem.
Bee balm is a richly colored perennial perfect for garden and landscape borders. With its lovely scent, bee balm, or monarda plants, not only attract hummingbirds but are also used in some oils and perfumes. The foliage consists of medium green leaves 3" to 6" long. The leaves have an ovate to lanceolate shape with a downy appearance on the underside of the leaves. Flowering in the early to mid-summer months, the flowers are available in a variety of beautiful colors that includes pink, red, white, or purple. These vibrant flowers form two inch terminal clusters surrounded by tubular flowers in whorls and are even known to attract hummingbirds with their firework-like appearance.
To plant, the crown should be half an inch below the soil surface. The plant is not drought tolerant so the use of well drained moisture retentive soil is ideal. The Bee Balm grows at a moderate to fast rate with a height of about 2' to 3' and a spread of 15" to 18". Our bee balm is susceptible to powdery mildew so clean cultivation should be practiced. Application of fungicide will help prevent and control mildew. For pruning, the thin bee balm plants in the spring and should be cut back to the ground in the fall.