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Monarda bradburiana (Eastern beebalm)
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Monarda bradburiana

Eastern beebalm

Tubular, two-lipped, pinkish to whitish, purple-spotted flowers
Dense, globular, solitary, terminal inflorescences atop square stems
Flower heads are subtended by a whorl of showy, purplish-tinged, leafy bracts
Toothed, aromatic, oblong, gray-green foliage
Clump-forming
Attracts pollinators
Native

Tubular, two-lipped, pink to light lavender flowers carry a purple tracking and bloom from spring into summer. A member of the mint family, this native bee balm is very attractive to pollinators and occurs naturally in open and dry, rocky woods from Alabama to Texas, north to Iowa.

SIZE
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Height

1-2 Feet

Spread

1-2 Feet

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

Lavender

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Eastern beebalm Interesting Notes

Monarda bradburiana is a central US native (Iowa south to Texas) deserving of much more widespread acclaim. First, Monarda bradburiana is a deciduous clump-former that doesn't take over the garden like many monardas. Second, it doesn't get mildew...at least not in our hot, humid climate, and third...it's the earliest monarda to flower. Monarda bradburiana makes an 18" tall x 4' wide cushion of menthol scented foliage topped, starting in early May, with terminal, light pink spotted, gaillardia-like flowers that are a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds. Monarda bradburiana remains attractive with fascinating dried seed heads long after the flowers fade...superb! - Plant Delights Nursery

Monarda bradburiana Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average to dry soils in full sun to part shade. Will tolerate some drought and poor soils. Good air circulation is best, though this species shows some mildew resistance. May self seed.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Butterflies
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Dry
Dry
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Meadow
Moist Sun
Native to North America