3' to 5'
full sun to light shade (hot climates)
nutrient rich, moist, well-drained soil
zones 4 to 8
variety of colors including maroon, pink, white, purple and scarlet
division in spring
beds, borders, and wildflower gardens
Purchase a young plant or sow seeds directly outdoors two weeks prior to the last spring frost date or in early fall at least two months before the first frost date. Sow seeds 1 inch apart at a depth of 1/8" to 1/16". Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost. Thin seedlings to 12" apart. Avoid powdery mildew by keeping good air circulation around plants.
Bee Balm is a must have to attract hummingbirds. Its flower petals can be used to make tea as well as adding color and taste to green salads. Stem leaves can be made into a tincture and used as a bug repellant.
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