Monarda didyma Bee Balm



This eastern US native wildflower naturally grows in woodland areas and along stream beds, but it's just as happy in a garden! Commonly known as Bee Balm, Monarda didyma is known for its fragrant foliage and unique, scarlet red pom-pom flowers that bloom in summer.

Monarda didyma Bee Balm spreads by rhizomes, so it is best planted in an area that can be naturalized, or in a large container. It can be cut back to freshen up if the foliage becomes untidy.

Monarda didyma Bee Balm is a magnet for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. It is a must-have for pollinator, cottage, and native gardens!


  • Common Names: Bee Balm
  • Zones: 4-7
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Medium to Wet
  • Height at Maturity: 36 inches"
  • Width at Maturity: 36 inches"
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer.
  • Other Features: Fragrant. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


All orders placed now will be held until late August/early September when our fall shipping season begins. We stop shipping plants every summer due to the high temperatures. We appreciate your patience!

If you'd like to receive your order before our fall season, you can leave a note for us on the Cart page before you reach checkout. Please note that we will have to wait for a window of cooler temperatures to ship. We cannot promise any particular shipping date during the summer. 


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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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