Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Item #: 691115
Availability: SOLD OUT for Spring 2014.
$10.00
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Herbaceous, North American perennial
Description: Showy clusters of bright scarlet flowers in summer, which attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds; fragrant foliage
Habit: Grows 3 to 4 feet high and spreads 3 feet or more by underground runners
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained garden loam; tolerates wet soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: North America
Attributes: Rain garden, deer resistant, attracts bees, hummingbirds and butterflies

This vigorous native perennial was recognized as a desirable ornamental and kitchen garden plant by the early 18th century, and seed was sent by John Bartram to England in 1744. It was reported that by 1760 there was “plenty in covent garden market” in London. Early American settlers, especially the Shakers in upstate New York, made a tea from the leaves, hence the name Oswego tea, which is now Earl Gray. Bernard McMahon listed “Crimson Monarda” in his 1804 broadside, and bee balm was cited as a garden worthy plant by many 19th century American garden writers, including A. J. Downing, Peter Henderson, Joseph Breck, and Robert Buist. Deer tend to avoid this plant’s fragrant foliage.

This plant will begin shipping in mid April 2014. zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

Sold out for the spring 2014 shipping season.
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