Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)
Bee Balm Plant FeaturesRoll out the welcome mat for hungry bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds by including a generous helping of monarda, commonly called bee balm, in your garden. Its nectar-rich blooms come in a variety of colors and appear on the plants from midsummer to early fall. It's a fast-growing perennial that grows 18 to 24 inches tall and thrives in sunny locations. Monarda is deer- and rabbit-resistant, too! Hardy from zones 3-8.
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Bee Balm Growing InstructionsPlant monarda in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. It's a prairie native so it can tolerate dry soil, but does best in fertile, slightly moist locations. Monarda can occasionally become invasive so be sure to plant it where you can control its spread.
Some older forms of monarda are susceptible to Powdery Mildew which defoliates the plants during hot, humid weather. To avoid this, read the plant tag and purchase varieties with built-in disease resistance.
Note: We do not recommend bee balm for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Bee BalmLiatris
Both liatris and monarda are American natives with similar needs and bloom times. Pair them for special effect.