Plant types and subtypes: Root Catalog, Perennials
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist, wet
Soil Description: average, loam, clay
Bloom Time: June, July, August
Bloom Color: red, purple, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, fragrant plant, naturalizing, stream margin plant
Pricing & Availability
Monarda mediaAlso known as:
Monarda media is a beebalm with beautiful, reddish to pinkish-purple flowers. It has square stems, typical of the genus, and grows to a height of 3'. The leaves are very fragrant, and produce a strong mint aroma when crushed.
Easy to grow and adaptable, purple beebalm thrives in rich, moist soil, and will perform beautifully in full-sun to open-shade. It will also tolerate wet conditions, making it an excellent choice for use in a rain garden. It is also ideal for a woodland margin where the soil will remain consistently moist. It spreads mainly by rhizomes to form colonies, and is not aggressive. It is highly attractive to pollinators, and remarkably deer resistant. The blooming period is during mid-summer, and lasts well over a month. Zones 4-7
Propagate by division, or by seed.
The flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds, and the seed heads will attract goldfinches in late-summer through fall. This species is rarely sold, and is underutilized.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TN, VA, VT
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