Monarda 'Red Velvet' Bee Balm



Here's a taller Bee Balm that makes an excellent backdrop in the center or back of the border. Monarda 'Red Velvet' is a robust performer with cherry red blooms and fragrant foliage that emerges bronze and matures to green.

Monarda grows best in full sun to part shade and consistently moist soil. It can be grown in clay soil and under black walnut trees. If the foliage starts to become unattractive, cut it back and the plant will quickly put on new growth.

Monarda may be called Bee Balm, but it's a welcome sight to every pollinator out there. Monarda 'Red Velvet' is a Proven Winners selection and part of the UPSCALE™ series.


  • Common Names: Bee Balm
  • Zones: 4-8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Average to Moist
  • Height at Maturity: 32""
  • Width at Maturity: 36""
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits.
  • Other Features: Fragrant.

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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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

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.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.