A butterfly magnet, beebalm provides color and contrast for the perennial border, cottage garden, native plant garden, meadow, herb garden, naturalized planting or along ponds or streams. Hummingbirds also visit beebalm.
Powdery mildew can be a serious problem, particularly in crowded gardens with poor air circulation. In addition, if the soil is allowed to dry out, the stressed plants become increasingly susceptible to disease. Rust can also be a problem.
Cultivars / Varieties
Over 50 cultivars of scarlet beebalm are readily available from commercial sources. These cultivars have been developed for flower color, bloom period, plant height, disease resistance, flavor (teas), essential oil production, winter injury and deer resistance.
Only a few of the many varieties are listed below
Jacob Cline – very large frilly red flowers. Possibly the best monarda to attract hummingbirds
Panorama Mix – 30″; Mix of scarlet, bright red, pink, salmon & crimson.
Milano Mix – 32″; Mix of colors from soft pink to deep rose and burgundy. Aromatic, tea scented foliage.
Scarlett Beebalm – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Bee Balm – Missouri Botanical Garden
Scarlet Bergamot – Maryland Biodiversity Project
Recommended for Wildlife by
Creating a Wild Backyard – Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Bees – Maryland DNR
Attracting Wildlife – HGIC