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Monarda fistulosa - Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot (photo credit Missouri Botanical Gardens)
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Monarda 'fistulosa'

Bee Balm

Monarda fistulosa, commonly called wild bergamot or bee balm, is a common Missouri native perennial which occurs statewide in dryish soils on prairies, dry rocky woods and glade margins, unplanted fields and along roads and railroads. A clump-forming, mint family member that grows typically to 2-4' tall. Lavender, two-lipped, tubular flowers appear atop square stems. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. The aromatic leaves may be used in teas. Long summer bloom period. Good mildew resistance.

Bee Balm Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates somewhat poor soils and some drought. Plants need good air circulation. Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom. Tends to self-seed.

Height:

24-48 in

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Spread:

24-36 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Monarda 'fistulosa'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Native
Border or Bed
Fragrant
Great Companion Plants for Monarda 'fistulosa'
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Aster, New England Aster, New England (Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome')
Purple Coneflower Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea )
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