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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Bee Balm is a tall summer-blooming perennial with brilliant red flowers and unique slightly fuzzy foliage. It should be restrained or it will take over in the garden.

    Latin Name

    Monarda didyma


    Family

    Lamiaceae


    Also Known As

    Oswego tea Bergamot


    Type of Plant

    Perennials
    Herb

    Bloom Season

    July - August


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Edible
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Black Walnut
  • Clay Soil
  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds

    Colors


    Native Range

    Canada, United States


    History

    William Faris referred to this plant as "Bergamot Balm" and kept it in his Annapolis garden.


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