A large clump-forming plant producing many long-lasting lavender flowers. A mint family member with pinkish to whitish, purple-spotted flowers in dense heads at the top of square stems. Each flower head rests on a whorl of showy, purplish, leafy bracts. Flowers attract bees and butterflies when they bloom in May and June. The aromatic gray-green leaves may be used in teas.
The black and yellow bumble bee and the rarer American bumble bee are two of the largest bees in the Midwest. Flowers used by bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Culture: Grows well in full sun or light shade in dry soil. Unlike other members of the Mint family, Bee Balm stays in a clump instead of by spreading by rhizomes.
Native Environment: Savanna and Woodland
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Height: 1 to 2 feet
Spread: 1 to 2 feet
Color: Pink, Purple
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Soil Moisture: Average
Wildlife Benefit: Food/Birds, Butterfly Nectar, Native Bees
Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant/Rabbit Resistant
Nature Attracting: Butterfly/Hummingbird/Beneficial Insects
Special Usage: Fragrant, Herb, Rain Garden
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil