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Monarda also called Bee Balm has a distinct mint like scent that lures bees and humming birds.                        view my shopping cart

Monarda Bee Balm

Monarda - also known as Bee Balm Monarda definitely creates a buzz in the garden. Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees are drawn to this aromatic perennial and its nectar rich flowers - hence its common name, Bee Balm. Plants have a very strong mint like fragrance and where once used as a tea substitute. The vibrant, tubular shaped flowers come in shades of red, pink, purple and white and plant sizes range from a dwarfed 10 inches to as tall as 3 feet. Monarda plants begin blooming just as summer begins and with regular deadheading will bloom all summer long.  These perennial plants are very easy to grow, being a member of the mint family it is a considered to be a very vigorous grower. 


Plants prefer to grow in consistently moist soil receiving full sun or afternoon shade. Monarda will grow in partial shade but at the expense of flowering. Soil should be amended heavily with organic materials such as compost and well rotted manure. One mistake we often see is overcrowding new plants - space the taller varieties at least 30 inches apart and the smaller dwarf types (Petite Delight) 12 inches apart in order to create good air flow. Feed plants in early spring with a top dressing of composted manure and bone meal, feed again in mid summer with a compost tea or fish emulsion drench. After plants have finished flowering an foliage begins to decline cut the plants all the way back to the ground - this hard pruning will often result in a second round of flowering. Monarda plants are very vigorous growers and will need to be divided every three years to keep them looking their best.

Zones: 4-9
Propagation: division and stem stem cuttings
Problems: Powdery mildew can be a problem see notes
Notes:  In hot humid conditions powdery mildew can become a problem. Plants that stay consistently moist and are never allowed to wilt are less susceptible to this fungus.  If you must spray the plants we recommend the organic approach:    spray all parts of plant including underside of leaves with a diluted milk mixture = 1 part milk to 4 parts water.

Attracts Humming Birds


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Other Monarda varieties:
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Blue Stocking

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Jacob Cline

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Marshal's Delight

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Petite Delight

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Raspberry Wine

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Snow White

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