Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Bloom Color: pink, lavender
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, clumping, colonizing, culinary herb, cut flowers, edible, fragrant flowers, fragrant plant, naturalizing
Pricing & Availability
Monarda bradburianaAlso known as:
Monarda rigida, Monarda villosa
Monarda bradburiana is a low and early blooming species of Monarda, growing no taller than 2' and flowering as early as May. The light pink flowers appear at the end of solitary stems and are typical of the genus.
Easy to grow in a variety of soil and light conditions, it is best to kept too dry rather than too wet. Eastern beebalm should be provided a spot with good air circulation. Deadheading flowers will extend summer bloom. Its medium height makes it useful in borders, and its showy globular flower heads will make it stand out in more informal plantings. Bloom time may extend from May to July. Zones 5-8
Self seeds readily. May be propagated by division.
Unlike most species of Monarda, the eastern beebalm is very resistant to powdery mildew. It attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Its aromatic leaves can be used in teas or to add fragrance to a pot-pourri. A good choice for cut flower arrangements. A balm made from the crushed leaves has been used traditionally to soothe bee stings, hence the genus common name.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, OK, TN, TX
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IA
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