Monarda didyma
(bee balm)
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Category: Herbaceous Plants

Photo Credits: Sally and Andy Wasowski, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Additional Species:

M. didyma ‘Jacob Cline,’ ‘Marshall’s Delight,’ ‘Petite Pink;’‘Petite Delight,’ M. fistulosa, wild bergamot

Height: 24 – 48 inches


Spread:  200 inches


Location: Bottom, Sides


Native Status: IA


Comments & Cautions:
select cultivars with mildew resistance and provide good air circulation; some may spread less aggressively; attractive to hummingbirds


Recommended For:

  • Bioretention and Rain Gardens

This plant prefers that the level of moisture in your soil be: Wet or Moist or Average

This plant prefers Loam or Clay soil.

The plant DOES NOT have a salt tolerance.


Bloom and Interest Season:

Jan
Feb
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Dec

Plant Form

upright, spreads by aggressive stolons to form large colonies

Foliage

bright green, toothed, and aromatic; powdery mildew can be a problem on straight species; medium-bold texture

Flowers

tubular, two-lipped flowers up to 2 inches long in dense clusters; colors include pink, purple, red, and white

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