Pollinator Powerhouses: Monarda

 

Monarda ‘Blue Moon’ Beebalm

Monarda didyma

MonardaBlueMoon

Monarda didyma ‘Blue Moon’ is a beautiful herbaceous perennial that grows best in medium to wet soil. It is commonly known as bee balm as it is a attracts lots of pollinators such as bees. It likes full sun throughout the day, but afternoon shade can be beneficial in the hot summer months. ‘Blue Moon’ Monarda has blue to purple flowers and the both the flowers and leaves are incredibly fragrant. Deadheading flowers is a great way to prolong the summer bloom.

Latin Name: Monarda didyma
Common Name: Bee Balm
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Blue/ Purple
Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Medium
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Tolerate: Deer, Rabbits, Clay Soil, Wet Soil

 

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Monarda ‘Balmy Rose’ Bee Balm

Monarda didyma

MonardaBalmyRose

Monarda didyma ‘Balmy Rose’ is a herbaceous perennial with bright pink flowers that attract pollinators. It grows best in medium to wet soil, making it a great rain garden plant. It is commonly known as bee balm. The flowers and leaves are extremely fragrant. Bee Balm likes full sun throughout the day, but afternoon shade can be beneficial in the hot summer months. Deadheading flowers is a great way to prolong the summer bloom.

Latin Name: Monarda didyma
Common Name: Bee Balm
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium to Wet
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, God Cut
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil
Information from Missouri Botanical Plant Finder