Wild Scarlet Bee Balm

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A native wildflower beloved for its brilliant red tufted blooms atop tall, sturdy stems, Scarlet Bee Balm is favored by hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators as a source of abundant nectar. Deliciously fragrant foliage is deer and rabbit resistant. Tall and dramatic, this wildflower spreads readily, ideal for rain gardens, cottage gardens, and an intriguing backdrop in perennial borders. (Monarda)
Zones 4 - 9
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good For Cut Flowers
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 24-48" tall (2-4 feet) , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to fall

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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Plant Information
(24-48" tall x 24-36" wide) Brilliant red, shaggy-topped blooms make Scarlet Bee Balm a winner in gardens and meadows. Also called Oswego Tea, Red Bergamot, and Horsemint. This nectar-rich wildflower is stunning and a beacon for pollinators. More tolerant of wet soils than many perennials, Scarlet Bee Balms is also ideal for rain gardens. Scarlet Bee Balm has a long bloom period, especially if you deadhead to remove spent blooms, and its upright shape makes it a lovely companion for mounding perennials like Black-Eyed Susan and Sedum. The stems, which are square in cross-section, hint at its place in the mint family, as does the aroma of the leaves when crushed. Like many mints, Bee Balm spreads by underground rhizomes, so it will readily naturalize to fill in your garden. Plant it in moist, rich soil in full sun to part shade; the plant appreciates some afternoon shade in hot-summer locales. Give the plants plenty of space to spread and divide plants every few years to ensure good air circulation, which helps prevent powdery mildew on the  foliage. Deer and rabbit resistant. Hardy in zones 4-9.
More Information
Associated SKUsAM018936
AM018894 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM018920 (Tray of 16)
Common Name
Wild Scarlet Bee Balm
Botanical Name
Monarda didyma
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Flower Size
2" flowers
Mature Height
24-48" tall (2-4 feet)
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid summer to fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Dark green oval foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Wet Sites
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Rabbit Resistant
Additional Information
Great for rain gardens.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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Zone 8Shipping begins the week of October 9th, 2023
Zone 9Shipping begins the week of October 9th, 2023
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of October 16th, 2023

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