Eastern Bee Balm (Monarda Bradburiana)

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Eastern Bee Balm (Monarda Bradburiana) - plant with several light purple blooms
Eastern Bee Balm (Monarda Bradburiana) - closeup of flowers

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This variety of Monarda has the common name, 'Eastern Bee Balm'. Its typical range covers the central and southeastern U.S. I was fortunate to get these pictures in mid April as its usual bloom time is May. A perennial, it is hardy through zones 5-8. It reaches a height of about 2 ft. The blooms are said to be fragrant. Mine are not. However, the leaves when crushed do have a rather strong medicinal scent. Not unpleasant, though.


They will do well in full sun to part shade. Mine are grown in pots above ground. They are thriving and easily withstood a 3 degree night. They are hardy! As you might have guessed, my plants were around $10. I got them at a reduced price of $3.

I may not be fortunate about the bloom time, after all. This Monarda is well known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Hummingbirds have not migrated to my area, just yet. I fear by the time they do get here, the blooms will be gone.

These plants are tough. They are not fussy about soil, they tolerate drought and require little care. Lowe's is sure to have them marked down later this year.

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

This is new to me but if Bees and Hummingbirds like them then I'm all for it but I will have to check my zone as some of these plants do not like my weather - may be too hot for them. Pots maybe..


Thanks to you I'm acquiring all kinds of new plants that I do not have to wonder about.

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