Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm), Wichita Mountains Form
30-36" tall x 18-24" wide (seed propagated). This showy wildflower species blooms in summer with a spectacular display of lavender-pink, hummingbird attracting flower clusters held on top of sturdy, upright stems. Its attractive, glossy, aromatic foliage looks good all season and is not affected by powdery mildew. Our selection is grown from seed collected in the scenic but climatically challenged Wichita Mountains of southwestern OK. Enduring bone chilling winters, brutally hot, humid summers and periodic drought, Wichita Mts. Wild Bergamont is a fine choice for low maintenance plantings all across the country. It grows easily in full sun plant in most soil types including clay.
|Common Name||Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm), Wichita Mountains Form|
|Botanical Name||Monarda fistulosa|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Mature Height||30-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||18-24" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Season||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Advantages||Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Easy to grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, High Impact - Low Maintenance|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Exclusive|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Canada||No|
Tips for Growing Bee Balm
Bee Balm (Mondarda) is a showy and vigorous old-fashioned garden perennial that blooms in summer. Bee Balm is, as the name suggests, “bee friendly,” deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The varieties we carry are highly resistant to powdery mildew.
- Plant Bee Balm in full sun (or part shade in hot summer climates).
- This plant enjoys moist and fertile garden soil.
- Mulch and water regularly. Water Bee Balm if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
- Fertilize once annually in fall or spring with a top dressing mixture of Yum Yum Mix and compost.
- Divide the plants in fall every few years to keep them vigorous.
If you have particularly challenging gardening conditions (hot humid summers, periodic drought, or cold winters--as low as USDA zone 4), we recommend planting Mondarda fistulosa or Monarda 'Peter's Purple' (USDA zone 6) which grow easily in most soil types, including clay. The cold hardy zone 4 varieties are excellent for fall planting.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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