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Show-stopping bee balm

By: Garden Gate staff
Bee balm’s colorful, unique blooms will add extra excitement to any sunny summer border.

Show-stopping bee balm

Add eye-catching color in midsummer! This long-blooming native wildflower and its hybrids boast unique flower forms in a range of hues. And as long as bee balm has a few simple things — a spot in full sun, moist, well-drained soil and good air circulation — it will thrive without a lot of maintenance.


Bee Balm

Monarda spp. and hybrids

Type Perennial

Blooms Shades of red, pink, purple and white from midsummer to early fall

Light Full sun

Soil Moist, well-drained

Pests Powdery mildew

Size 8 to 48 in. tall, 8 to 36 in. wide

Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 9

Heat-tolerant AHS zones 9 to 1

Published: July 26, 2016
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