Monarda Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm

Monarda Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm

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Cold Hardy to Zone 4 | Compact and Early Flowering
SKU v2509
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Key Characteristics

4 - 9

Mature Height

12 IN

Mature Width

12 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Monarda Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm

Monarda Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm is a showy perennial offering early summer interest. Heavy blooming, the plant sets shaggy, globular, boldly colored flower heads in a bright shade of purple. Borne singly atop long, willowy, square stems, the eye-catching, nectar-rich blossoms come in abundance; attract tons of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds; and make excellent cuts for vase or arrangements.

A Monarda didyma variety, commonly called bee balm or bergamot, Monarda Balmy Purple is considerably smaller than typical cultivars. It is a clump-forming herbaceous plant with a compact, mounding habit of lance-shaped foliage that emits a minty scent when crushed or bruised. The plant is fast-growing, rhizomatous, and self-seeding and forms colonies over time. An attractive plant even when not in bloom, Monarda Balmy Purple Bee Balm is shown to best effect when mass planted in borders and beds but fits nicely in a container.

Bee balm prefers full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soils but tolerates heavier clay. In hot summer climates, some shade may be beneficial. Although the plant is mildew resistant, providing good air circulation helps combat disease. The plant is deer and rabbit resistant. Deadheading spent flowers promotes blooming.

A native plant, monarda is indigenous to North America, from Maine to Minnesota south to Missouri and Georgia. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.

Product Details

Genus Monarda
Species didyma
Variety 'Balbalmurp'
Plant Patent PP25561
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Purple
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Foliage Color Dark Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Powdery Mildew
Special Features Butterfly Lovers, Flower, Fragrance, Hummingbird Lovers, Native
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Review by STEE
My mother had some reddish bee balm in our backyard in Moville, Iowa USA on the west side of our veterinary office-garage. It was self-seeding and the hummingbirds loved it. I loved to see the hummingbirds fly in and use their delightful beaks to reach for the nectar. I thought how fast are their wings moving and how much nectar do they need to consume in a day to STAY ALIVE!! And sometimes we don't appreciate their efforts to be who they are. A gift from MS. SHE-GOD IT to help us know that GOD IS EVERYWHERE!
Review by STEE
My mother used to have some reddish bee balm in our backyard and it self seeded every year. The hummingbirds loved it in the mid summer. I am curious to see whether they will enjoy the nectar from this plant!

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