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Monarda bradburiana (Eastern Bee Balm)

Eastern Bee Balm, Eastern Beebalm

Monarda bradburiana, Eastern Bee Balm, Eastern Beebalm, Pink Monarda, Pink Bee Balm, Pink flowers,

Monarda bradburiana (Eastern Bee Balm) is a compact, clump-forming perennial boasting showy soft pinkish-lavender tubular flowers, speckled with purple, held in dense, globular terminal heads, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm). Blooming for 3-4 weeks in late spring, they rest upon a whorl of purplish-tinged bracts and attract scores of butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. The foliage of gray-green aromatic leaves may be used to flavor teas. This species is resistant to powdery mildew. Eastern Bee Balm is regarded by many as a superior Monarda for the garden, thanks to its mildew resistance, petite size, early blooms, and less aggressive spreading. Eastern Bee Balm is best suited to perennial borders, wild gardens, prairies, and meadows.

  • Grows in clumps up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm). Tends to self-seed.
  • Performs best in full sun or partial shade in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil. Tolerates poor soils. Drought tolerant.
  • This showy perennial is a striking addition to mixed borders, prairies and meadows.
  • Monarda flowers attract streams of butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial pollinators, but this plant is deer and rabbit resistant.
  • The essential oils of Eastern Bee Balms show good repellent activity against the yellow fever Mosquito Aedes aegypti. Find 18 best plants that repel mosquitoes.
  • Providing good air circulation to combat powdery mildew is important.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms.
  • Native to southern and central United States

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Monarda
Common names Bee Balm
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Monarda media (Purple Bergamot)
Monarda ‘Blue Stocking’ (Bee Balm)
Monarda didyma (Scarlet Bee Balm)
Monarda citriodora (Lemon Bee Balm)
Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ (Bee Balm)
Monarda ‘Prarienacht’ (Bee Balm)

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Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Monarda
Common names Bee Balm
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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