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Bradbury's Bee Balm

SKU: AM020523
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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
Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Fragrant, Mass Plantings
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Mature Spread
12-24" wide
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.