• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Bee Balm

Botanical Name
Monarda spp.
Hardiness
Zones 4 to 9
Height
2 to 4 feet
Width
3 feet
Flowers
Summer: scarlet red, pink, white, wine red, purple, violet
Light
Full sun
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Divide every 3 years to prevent spread of this aggressive perennial
  • Provide generous spacing and air circulation to help prevent powdery mildew and rust
  • Do not allow soil to dry out
Problems
Powdery mildew, rust
Varieties
  • Monarda didyma 'Gardenview Scarlet' - 4', bright scarlet flowers, fairly good mildew resistance
  • Colrain Red - deep purplish red flowers, good mildew resistance
  • Marshall's Delight - purplish pink blooms, good mildew resistance
  • Raspberry Wine - purplish-red flowers, good mildew resistance
  • Monarda bradburiana - compact native, pale pink flowers spotted with purple, 12-24" tall
  • Monarda fistulosa - wild bergamot, native found in drier soils of prairies, rocky woods, roadsides and undisturbed fields; lavender flowers atop 2-4' plants
  • Leading Lady Series - hybrid bee balms that are very compact and earlier blooming than M. didyma cultivars, flowers of bright pink, lavender, purple-pink, raspberry-purple

Related Content

Upcoming Appearances


Jan. 13, 2021
Houseplants - Tips for Success
Webinar

 Register today

Jan. 20, 2021
Growing Herbs Indoors
Webinar

Register today

Jan. 27, 2021
Low Maintenance Houseplants
or Low Light Situations
Webinar

Register today

Feb. 3, 2021
Organic Control for 
Houseplant Pests
Webinar

Register today

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Win The Great Courses' Container Gardening Tips & Techniques DVD set

ENTER NOW