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Monarda bradburiana

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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

Height: 1'-2'

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

Flowers of Monarda bradburiana (beebalm)
  • Flowers of Monarda bradburiana (beebalm)
  • Flowers of Monarda bradburiana (beebalm)
  • Flowers of Monarda bradburiana (beebalm)
  • Flowers of Monarda bradburiana (beebalm)

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Monarda bradburiana

Also known as:

eastern beebalm




wild bergamot






Bradbury monarda

Scientific Synonyms:

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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: IA


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae Mint family
Genus Monarda beebalm
Species Monarda bradburiana eastern beebalm