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About the Monardas This is a hybrid of the famous American wildflower with the bright red crown-shaped flowers, a description of the large scarlet blooms everyone and every hummingbird loves.
There are other species, but our famous Monarda or Bee Balm is native from the far north all the way south to Georgia, it was first discovered by world famous plant explorer John Bartram during the colonial era. Since its a member of the mint family with fragrant foliage, Bee Balm was always a medicinal plant of the native Americans, and today adds wonderful color to perennial gardens and wildflower meadows. Its a strong-growing perennial that likes moisture, and will grow in sun or partial shade.
As with all Bee Balms, the bloom begins in mid-summer, and if you cut off spent flowers for about three weeks, you'll extend the blooming into fall.
|Common Name||Bee Balm|
|Botanical Name||Monarda bradburiana|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade|
|Mature Height||12-24" tall|
|Estimated Mature Spread||12-24" wide|
|Bloom Time||Mid to late summer|
|Planting Depth||Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Dry, Average, Well Draining|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Native|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.
You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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