Botanical Name: Monarda
Common Name: Beebalm  
Plant photo of: Monarda
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Herb, Wildflower


Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color

Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, Violet, White


Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Medium, High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Native Garden


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Bobbie Schwartz
  • Description

  • Notes

Beebalm are perennial herbs with lush, fragrant foliage, and unusual pincushion-like flowers that occur at the ends of branches. Flowers come in ranges of pinks, lavenders, burgundy, and white. Blooms early summer. Bee balm is a member of the mint family, and it shares many traits with the other mints, including fragrant foliage, attractiveness to pollinators, and a creeping, spreading habit.
Plant in full sun to a bit of shade, in well drained, loamy soil. Not drought tolerant, if heavily mulched it does well with weekly watering; sporadic watering (too much and then too little) may cause stress and increase the incidence of powdery mildew and leaf spot. It is in the mint family and will spread. Very effective at attracting pollinators to the garden.