(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.
AM018894 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM018920 (Tray of 16)
Wild Scarlet Bee Balm
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
24-48" tall (2-4 feet)
Mid summer to fall
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Dark green oval foliage.
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Moist / Wet
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Great for rain gardens.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Spring / Summer, Fall
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