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Monarda fistulosa

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Wild Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa) at Plants Unlimited

Wild Beebalm flowers

Wild Beebalm flowers

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Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Bergamot, Wild Bergamot

Description:

This wildflower variety produces pretty lavender-pink flowers in mid summer; best in dry to medium moisture soil; needs good air circulation; great for massing along borders

Ornamental Features

Wild Beebalm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant pink flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wild Beebalm is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Self-Seeding

Wild Beebalm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Wild Beebalm will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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