Monarda

Monarda

As one might guess from the name, Bee Balm attracts bees along with hummingbirds and other pollinators.  These plants also serve as a butterfly nectar source. It's fragrant leaves are used to make tea and potpourri.    This plant tolerates occasional wetness and will grow in moist soil but prefers well-drained soil with a pH of neutral.  Bee Balm has a tendency to become invasive, so division is necessary every few years.  Division should be done in the spring. In spring, remove dead foliage only.  In fall, cut back to 6" and dead-head spent flowers.    Division is necessary and should be done in the spring. Companion plants include black-eye susan, cone flower, and daylilies.

Specifications

  • Common Name: Bee Balm
  • Zone: 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
  • Bloom: Early Summer | Summer | Late Summer | Early Fall
  • Growth: 24-48 Inches
  • Exposure: Full Sun | Partial Sun | Partial Shade
  • Water: Frequently