Monarda didyma Blue Stocking - beebalm
Monarda didyma 'Blaustrumpf' Blue Stocking
There is no better summer nectar provider than this brightly colored Bee Balm. The globes of flowers open in early July to reveal two-lipped blooms that are brilliant, bright, violet blue. Expect a long season of bloom and resistance to powdery mildew. Monarda ia a magnate beneficial insects, butterflies and hummingbird. The flowers are edible. Use them in salads and herb butters.
- Butterflies and hummingbirds will come in droves!
- Long blooming with shocking color
- Mildew resistant
- Tolerates wet soil conditions
- Very showy when used in groups
- Moderately deer resistant
Moist thickets from Maine south to Georgia and west to Tennessee and Minnesota.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
INTERESTING FACTSOswego Tea is another common name. The Oswego used the leaves for tea. Early colonists also used it as a tea substitute when tea was scarce.
Some monardas are commonly called beebalm in reference to prior use of the leaves as a balm for bee stings.