- Monarda- Bee Balm Hardy Planting Zones- 2-11 Sun or Shade – Full Sun to Partial Shade Mature Height - 8-35" Mature Width- 8-12" Bloom Season – Spring to Summer (May-August) Gardener Status- Beginner
Beebalm - Monarda
Beebalm is native to Eastern North America and is actually an ingredient in mouthwash as it has a rather minty taste and smell other may say the smell is closer to Earl Grey Tea.Beebalm is able to reach heights of 3 feet and can grow to 1 foot in width. It is a flower with many uses, the indigenous Blackfeet indians would often use this plant as an antiseptic for minor wounds and skin infections. it may have some trouble with slugs and also powdery mildew but otherwise it has no other problems. The flowers bloom around early summer time which give way to lush light but slightly dark red flowers, they will stay red all through the fall. It will tolerate a wide range of soils except for excessively wet soils. Remember that every three years you should lift and divide.