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
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.
Nectar is an easily digested sugar that provides energy for creatures with high metabolism rates. Did you know the heart rate of a hummingbird is 1,260 beats per minute?
Oswego Tea is another common name. The oswegos used the leaves for a tea. Early colonists also used it as a tea substitue when tea was scarce.