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Bradbury's Bee Balm

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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Monarda bradburiana
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Fragrant, Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Bloom Time
Mid spring


Bradbury’s Bee Balm is a wildflower native to rocky upland forests and bluffs, savannas, woodland meadows, and roadsides in the central and south-central United States. Its most often found in dryish, rocky, and acidic soils and performs best in zones 5-8. Plant in full sun to part shade in lean, dry to average well-draining soil. Bradbury’s Bee Balm is resistant to powdery mildew, but it is a good idea to provide good air circulation around plants with adequate spacing to prevent rust. Plants readily self-seed, making them a good choice for naturalized plantings. Deadhead spent flowers to prolong the bloom period and reduce reseeding. The showy blooms of Bradbury’s Beebalm make a lovely addition to cut flower arrangements.