Monarda didyma / Bee balm


Bee balm’s crimson blooms make it a well-known native ornamental, a classic homestead plant and a fine choice for home landscapes. Spreads to form beautiful drifts.

Like other red, tubular wildflowers, Bee balm is sought out by hummingbirds, which are evolved to its drink nectar and provide pollination. Also an excellent butterfly nectary. Host for the Hermit Sphinx moth.

Bee balm makes an aromatic tea with stomach-soothing and antiseptic properties. Deer resistant. Read more about Bee Balm’s native habitat on our blog.

Height: 3′     Blooms: June, July, August

Siting: Average to moist soils, part sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: PA


BONAP 2022 Monarda didyma Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Hermit Sphinx

Additional information


Quart, Cube, Quart