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Monarda 'Fireball' - Bee Balm (photo credit: Growing Colors)

Perennials

Monarda 'Fireball'

Bee Balm

Monarda ‘Fireball’ is a compact beebalm cultivar that typically grows to 1-2' tall with an upright, outwardly spreading habit. Tubular, two-lipped, ruby red flowers are borne atop stiff square stems clad with dark green leaves. Long summer bloom period (July-August in St. Louis). Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, particularly when massed. Flowers, stems and leaves are aromatic. Called bee balm in reference to a prior use of the leaves as a balm for bee stings. 'Fireball' has exhibited good mildew resistance.

Additional:

A nectar source for the following butterflies--Swallowtails and Silver-Spotted Skipper

Bee Balm Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, moisture retentive soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich soils in full sun, but appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates such as the St. Louis area. Soils must not be allowed to dry out. Remove spent flowers to improve plant appearance and possibly to prolong bloom.

Height:

18-24 in

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Spread:

12-18 in

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Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Monarda 'Fireball'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Attributes
Mass Planting
Specimen
Border or Bed
Container
Fragrant
Great Companion Plants for Monarda 'Fireball'
Yarrow Yarrow (Achillea taygetea 'Moonshine')
Shasta Daisy Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum 'Snowcap')
Daylily Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Primal Scream')
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Viette's Little Suzy')
Speedwell Speedwell (Veronica spicata 'Royal Candles')
Blue False Indigo Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis )
Dwarf Garden Phlox Dwarf Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'White Flame™')
Dwarf Garden Phlox Dwarf Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Red Flame™')
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