by Amanda

bee BalmMonarda, also known as Bee Balm, Horsemint and Bergamot, is a colorful perennial that is native to North America. It caught the eyes of early settlers in the Colonial days and since then has been hybridized to include a great variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, making Bee Balm a must-have in any perennial garden.

The colorful, crown-shaped flowers of Bee Balm attract an array of Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and other pollinators to the garden in the summer months. Depending on the variety, the height of these beauties can range from 12” to 60” and they prefer full sun with plenty of moisture. We recommend making sure the stems have good air circulation to prevent powdery mildew. All varieties of Bee Balm are unattractive to deer and have a sweet fragrance, making them perfect both in the garden and cut for gorgeous summer bouquets.

Bee BalmBee Balm leaves can be crushed up to make a spicy, fragrant essential oil. This essential oil smells like Bergamot Orange, which is why one of Bee Balm’s common names is Bergamot. The plants have also been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years, on a variety of different ailments.

There are over 50 known varieties of Bee Balm in circulation. We carry a large variety of Monarda, including the smaller and compact Fireball, the mildew-resistant Jacob Kline, the tall Marshall’s Delight, and many more.

Bee BalmWhat are your experiences growing Bee Balm in your garden? Please post in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. Happy Gardening!

  1. Bradbury's Beebalm with pollinator

    Bradbury‚s Bee Balm is a versatile variety of beloved native Monarda, with light flowers, a compact habit, and disease resistance to set it apart. Standing atop dark purple ste...

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    Bradbury's Bee Balm Bradbury's Bee Balm Monarda bradburiana
    As low as $13.32 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bradbury's Bee Balm is a versatile variety of beloved native Monarda, with light flowers, a compact habit, and disease resistance to set it apart. Standing atop dark purple stems, pale lilac-pink blooms are composed of a ring of tubular flowers, often speckled with purple spots. Plants bloom in mid-spring, earlier than other Bee Balm species, with fragrant flowers attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees. This drought-tolerant native will naturally spread in full sun to part shade locations. Thanks to its resistance to powdery mildew, deer, and rabbits, Bradbury’s Bee Balm is an easy-to-grow addition to a naturalized garden or meadow. (Monarda bradburiana)
  2. Sugar Buzz® Rockin' Raspberry Bee Balm, Monarda Sugar Buzz®  Rockin' Raspberry, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden Inc.

    Enjoy watching pollinators treat themselves to your garden when you plant Sugar Buzz® ‘Rockin’ Raspberry’ Bee Balm. This native cultivar was selected for its compa...

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    Sugar Buzz® Rockin' Raspberry Bee Balm SUGAR BUZZ® Rockin' Raspberry Bee Balm PP#28752 Monarda Sugar Buzz® Rockin' Raspberry PP#28752
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Enjoy watching pollinators treat themselves to your garden when you plant Sugar Buzz® ‘Rockin’ Raspberry’ Bee Balm. This native cultivar was selected for its compact mounding form, gentle spreading habit, and good resistance to powdery mildew. Great for gardens or containers, its long-lasting raspberry red flowers are a staple of summer gardens. Dark green foliage shares a lovely mint fragrance when brushed. (Monarda)
  3. Jacob Cline Bee Balm, Monarda didyma Jacob Cline with Hummingbird

    ‚Jacob Cline‚ Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shape...

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    Jacob Cline Bee Balm Jacob Cline Bee Balm, Bergamot Monarda didyma Jacob Cline
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms appear on tall, herbaceous plants in mid summer. Its fragrant foliage and tolerance of pests, mildew and clay soils make 'Jacob Cline' a true favorite in the perennial bed. Deer resistant. (Monarda)
  4. Bamly Purple Bee Balm, Monarda Balmy Purple with pollinator

    The vivid magenta blooms of ‚Balmy™ Purple‚ Bee Balm will be abuzz with activity as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds gather to sip abundant nectar. Attractive dise...

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    Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm PP#25561 Monarda Balmy™ Purple PP#25561
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The vivid magenta blooms of 'Balmy™ Purple' Bee Balm will be abuzz with activity as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds gather to sip abundant nectar. Attractive disease-resistant foliage and compact size make 'Balmy™ Purple' Bee Balm an ideal front-of-the border accent and stunning container plant. Fragrant flowers and foliage readily naturalize to form a beautiful swath of color. (Monarda)
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