Spotted Bee Balm – Monarda Punctata (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)
If you have an area of yard you would like to shield for a bit more privacy, consider planting a border of bee balm.
- The spotted bee balm plant produces a beautiful plant with purple spotted flowers known to attract bees and other beneficial garden pollinators.
- Common names include bee balm, horsemint, oswego tea, and wild bergamot.
- Smell is similar to thyme.
- Has been used in teas and for other medicinal purposes.
- This plant is drought tolerant. Grows well in dry conditions, requiring little water to grow.
- Can grow up to 40″ tall.
Many varieties grow to be 3-4 feet tall, making them an ideal mid-height privacy screen.
When you consider that bee balm’s scent naturally repels most insects, it becomes a prime candidate to plant around your porch or patio. 🐝
The leaves and flowers are edible and make a delicious (and healthy) tea and popular folk remedies. Even if you don’t care to eat them, the impressive flowers, with their long, sturdy stems, are an obvious choice in cut-flower arrangements. Their sweet, citrusy scent is a bonus.
Growing Bee Balm
Bee balm grows easily in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. The plant prefers rich, moist soil but needs good airflow among its leaves. It will flourish in full sun and does well in partial shade. If you have a shaded area of your lawn for a portion of the day, bee balm will be quite happy there.
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