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

IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/22. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/29 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

We have a huge amount of orders to get through, so we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 10-7: Already started
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you wish to receive your plants earlier than what's on this schedule, please send us an email after you place the order. Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays for the safety of the plants in transit.

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We ship via UPS or USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

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.