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