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Growing Bee Balm

Botanical Name:

Mondarda didyma

Life Cycle:

perennial

Planting Time:

spring

Height:

3' to 5'

Exposure:

full sun to light shade (hot climates)

Soil:

nutrient rich, moist, well-drained soil

Hardiness:

zones 4 to 8

Bloom Time:

summer

Flower:

variety of colors including maroon, pink, white, purple and scarlet

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

division in spring

Suggested Use:

beds, borders, and wildflower gardens

Growing Hints:

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.

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Interesting Facts:

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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