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Monarda bradburiana

Bee Balm

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Monarda bradburiana (Bee Balm)

In May and June, this mint family member blooms with pinkish to whitish, purple-spotted flowers in dense heads at the top of square stems with each flower resting on a whorl of showy, purplish, leafy bracts. The flowers attract butterflies and bees. The gray-green aromatic leaves make an excellent tea.

Additional Information:


Height
12-24 Inches

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Spread
22-24 Inches

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Bloom/Seasonal Color
Light Pink


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Good Companions
Sideoats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation

UPL

Nature Attracting

Hummingbird
Butterfly

Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)

Soil Moisture

Average

Special Uses

Fragrant

Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar