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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Colrain Red Bee Balm

 

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Colrain Red is a newer deep red hybrid Bee Balm that is mildew resistant, and grows to 4 feet tall. (Monarda)

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Great for Mass Plantings
Great for Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall, 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 1MON

Plant Information

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.

SKU 1MON
Common Name Colrain Red Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea
Botanical Name Monarda didyma Colrain
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Flower Size 2-3" flowers
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Growth Rate Fast
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
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Green toothed leaves grow from upright stems.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Tolerates Dry Sites
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Blooms, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Shipping

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.

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American MeadowsColrain Red Bee Balm
 
4.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fragrant (3)
  • Vivid colors (3)

Cons

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5.0

Stunning!

By 

from Colorado

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Colrain Red Bee Balm:

    Easily grows four feet tall and blooms late summer adding a pop of color at the end of the season. Very fragrant and attracts a ton of pollinators.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Delicious to Hummingbirds

    By 

    from New Jersey

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Pests & Disease

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Colrain Red Bee Balm:

      The hummingbirds have loved the three bee balms I purchased.

      However, warning! This variety is supposed to be mildew resistant, but mine got covered in powdery mildew! After cutting off all the older growth with the mildew, the newer growth looks healthy and is thriving. The only other issue is that the plant is rather flimsy, easily falling over and breaking. The roots just may not be deep enough yet in our clay soil for the profusion of blooms it produced.

      Overall, I'm very happy with it and would purchase it again.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      vivid color

      By 

      from Elkton va

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Attracts hummingbirds

        Comments about American Meadows Colrain Red Bee Balm:

        I use this to attract hummingbirds and it grows great in partial shade

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great for my Humming Bird Garden

        By 

        from Smethport, Pa

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Fragrant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Areas
          • Raised Beds

          Comments about American Meadows Colrain Red Bee Balm:

          Great for my Humming Bird Garden

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LOVE THE MYSTERIOUS EXOTIC FRAGRANCE!

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          from DELAND, FL

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Pros

          • Fragrant
          • Long Bloom Time
          • Low Maintenance
          • Pest Resistant
          • Reliable Growth
          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Border Control
            • Containers
            • Cut Flowers
            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Colrain Red Bee Balm:

            SAVE THE TRIMMINGS. THE SQUARE SHAPED, DARK RED STALKS ARE FRAGRANT ENOUGH TO KEEP IN A BOWL IN YOUR HOME.

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            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.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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