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Bee Balm Jacob Kline

Jacob Kline The mildew-resistant version of this grand native plant. Loved by gardeners and hummingbirds. (Monarda)

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Plant - 3" pot

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Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 40-60" tall, 30-36" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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SKU 3MON
Common Name Bee Balm
Botanical Name Monarda
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 40-60" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 30-36" 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
Native Yes
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada No
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Description
This is the famous American wildflower with the bright red crown-shaped flowers, a description of the large scarlet blooms everyone and every hummingbird loves. 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.

Jacob Kline is not a man-made hybrid, but a natural selection of wild bee balm, now famous for its mildew-resistance. Like well-known Phlox David this Bee Balm is the mildew-resistant champ in a sea of mildew-prone plants. If you've new to bee balm, you'll quickly learn that most of them are mildew prone, just like most garden Phlox. All that means is that you have to spray them with fungicide beginning in June. But with Jacob Kline, if you plan for good air circulation around your Bee Balm, you may have no mildew at all. Just a big clump of bright red-blooming flowers.

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.

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4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (7)
  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Reliable growth (6)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)

Cons

  • Short bloom time (3)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (7)
  • Garden (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Casual hobbyist (6), Getting started (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely Gorgeous

I use this as a back drop for my other flowers in front of it...get tons of compliments...I just hate it when then start falling over and they stop blooming....Read complete review

I use this as a back drop for my other flowers in front of it...get tons of compliments...I just hate it when then start falling over and they stop blooming. But they are bigger and brighter every year!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bee Balm

I ordered two bee balm plants that were planted in different beds 12 feet apart but in the same sunlight conditions. Neither plant did very well. Susceptible to pest damage. Not prolific bloomers....Read complete review

I ordered two bee balm plants that were planted in different beds 12 feet apart but in the same sunlight conditions. Neither plant did very well. Susceptible to pest damage. Not prolific bloomers. Much less hearty than the established bee balm plant that I had growing in a shaded bed. Maybe next year will be a different story. Can't recommend based on this year's performance.

Reviewed by 17 customers

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5.0

Pretty red plant

By 

from Greensboro, NC

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

    I bought these last year. One bloomed that year. The second was planted in dry spot and almost died. I was able to move it and it is getting ready to bloom this year. These are fairly thirsty plants and need shade. These are getting ready to bloom in the first week of June. Looks like there will be seven blooms in total

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    • Personal
     
    1.0

    It died

    By 

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

          It did ok for a while. It had one flower on a tiny plant, and then it died.

           
          4.0

          Bee Balm Jacob Kline

          By 

          from Greensboro, NC

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Pros

          • Easy to grow
          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

          • Needs To Point East

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

            I got to two of these. One bloomed and grew about two and half feet and is showing new growth at the base. The second one I did not plant in a good spot and did not grow very well. Looks like it is best to plant them where they get the morning and afternoon sun and then shade for the rest of the day. I moved the second one it has recovered and is showing new growth. Need to keep them moist.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Reaaly amazing.

            By 

            from Cicago suburbs

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • Short Bloom Time

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

            Great addition for butterfly garden and wonderful color!
            Late bloomers and large size but did what I'd hoped- very happy with these plants.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love BEE Balm

            By 

            from Smethport, Pa

            About Me Getting Started

            Pros

            • Fragrant
            • Great For Butter Flies
            • Reliable Growth
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas
              • Raised Beds

              Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

              Love Bee Balm for my Humming Bird Garden

               
              5.0

              everything i bought from AM came up!

              By 

              from long island, NY

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Verified Reviewer

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                    Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                    loved this plant - and since I lost almost all my plants to Superstorm Sandy, it really lifted my spirits!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pleasently Suprised

                    By 

                    from Souderton, Pa.

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Quick Grower
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Attracts hummingbirds
                      • Large Areas
                      • Raised Beds

                      Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                      I purchased the Bee Balm to attract Hummingbirds but never thinking they would bloom this year. Well they have not only bloomed but have helped keep Hummingbirds in my yard till the last week of September. Very hardly and a no maintenance plant. I will be planting more.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Did not bloom this year

                      By 

                      from Mt. Pleasant Mi

                      About Me Avid Gardener

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                      Pros

                      • Good Start For A Plant
                      • Reliable Growth

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                          Plant has a good start for next year

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Wonderful color and thriving!

                          By 

                          from Fort Wayne, IN

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Pros

                          • Fragrant
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Large Areas

                            Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                            I love the color and the minty smell. Blooms attractive and butterflies love it. Would recommend planting where you can confine it.

                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Absolutely Gorgeous

                            By 

                            from Missouri

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Large Bulb Size
                            • Low Maintenance
                            • Pest Resistant
                            • Vivid Colors

                            Cons

                            • Short Bloom Time

                            Best Uses

                            • Cut Flowers
                            • Large Areas

                            Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                            I use this as a back drop for my other flowers in front of it...get tons of compliments...I just hate it when then start falling over and they stop blooming. But they are bigger and brighter every year!

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The Star of My Garden !!!

                            By 

                            from Fredericksburg, VA

                            About Me Casual Hobbyist

                            Pros

                            • Long Bloom Time
                            • Low Maintenance
                            • Reliable Growth
                            • Vivid Colors

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Attract bees butterfies
                              • Containers
                              • Erosion Control
                              • Large Areas

                              Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                              My plant arrived quickly and was very healthy...!!!....It is in the center of my bee/butterfly/hummingbird garden and is taller and brighter than all the other "attractions" and has become my favorite...!!! I shall plant several plants next year...!! Thanks American Meadows....you have a customer for life...!!!

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Splash of color

                              By 

                              from Nebraska

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Long Bloom Time
                              • Low Maintenance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Butterfly garden
                                • Large Areas

                                Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                                I used these in my butterfly/hummingbird garden. They are still on the small side, so hopefully will return in the spring stronger and taller as stated in the description.

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Bee Balm

                                By 

                                from Bridgeport, CT

                                About Me Casual Hobbyist

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Short Bloom Time
                                  • Slow Growth
                                  • Susceptible to Pests

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                                    I ordered two bee balm plants that were planted in different beds 12 feet apart but in the same sunlight conditions. Neither plant did very well. Susceptible to pest damage. Not prolific bloomers. Much less hearty than the established bee balm plant that I had growing in a shaded bed. Maybe next year will be a different story. Can't recommend based on this year's performance.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great addition to any garden!

                                    By 

                                    from Franklin Springs, GA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Instructions
                                    • Attractive
                                    • Hardy
                                    • Healthy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Garden

                                      Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                                      This is a wonderful addition to any garden! Saw many a butterfly hover at this plant, as well as actually seeing several hummingbirds flitting around it. I ordered several of these. I will order more in the next few years. I didn't place them together, and probably should have, but this is a plant I would recommend! The bloom color is very vibrant and I got many a comment on them last year when they were showing their colors!

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                                      • Personal

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      A Real Worker

                                      By 

                                      from Winder, GA

                                      About Me Avid Gardener

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                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Instructions
                                      • Attractive
                                      • Fragrant
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Garden
                                        • Lawn
                                        • Outdoors
                                        • Patio

                                        Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                                        I purchased 3 for 3 extra large pots. They did well last year, but this year, Oh My! The pots are full and they are already almost 3' tall. I can not wait for the blooms. I know the hummingbirds are going to love them as much as I do!

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                                        • Personal

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Very nice and easy to grow

                                        By 

                                        from Dallas, GA

                                        About Me Getting Started

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Instructions
                                        • Attractive

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Garden

                                          Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                                          Lovely plant to attrack butterflies and hummingbirds. Spreads easily. The 2nd season it so much bigger!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Hummingbird Magnet!

                                          By 

                                          from Peabody, Ks

                                          About Me Avid Gardener

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Instructions
                                          • Attractive
                                          • Hardy
                                          • Healthy
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Garden
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Patio
                                            • Pool Area

                                            Comments about American Meadows Bee Balm Jacob Kline:

                                            Beautiful, unique, wonderful plant for the garden! Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies galore! These prolific flowering plants are a must-have for any level of gardening. The bright red color of the blooms are an eye-catching sight to behold. Super easy to grow, spreading rapidly, even the beginning gardener will have a season of delight with this strong bloomer! Winters well with new growth appearing early in Spring to set the stage for another colorful season.

                                            Service and delivery comments:

                                            American Meadows delivers quality plants and seeds. Their customer service is award-winning, professional, and friendly. I have enjoyed my interaction with American Meadows and look forward to many more years of Happy Gardening! Thanks American Meadows!

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                                            • Personal

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