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Monarda bradburiana (Eastern Bee Balm)

Eastern Bee Balm, Eastern Beebalm


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.
  • Providing good air circulation to combat powdery mildew is important.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms.
  • Native to southern and central United States

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Monarda - Bee Balms
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Monarda - Bee Balms
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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