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Bee Balm
Monarda didyma

Bee Balm
Bee Balm

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
2 - 3 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 8 
 
Native To:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
Red
 
Bloom Season
July - September
 

Features

Tubular red flowers held in dense clusters. Foliage is strongly scented.

Culture

Full sun to shade; consistently moist soils.

Notes

Found in moist woods and thickets. This plant can spread aggressively, especially when planted in shade.