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Monarda 'Bee Balm' (Monarda didyma)
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Monarda 'Bee Balm' (Monarda didyma)

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Also known as Oswego tea, Horsemint and Wild Bergamont this member of the Mint Family (Labiatae) is particularly attractive to butterflys, bees and hummingbirds.

It is native to E North America and was used, along with other species of Monarda, by the Native Americans and colonists for tea. It is also cultivated as an ornamental for its terminal cluster of red blossoms (sometimes pink in garden varieties). Oswego tea is similar and closely related to wild bergamot.

Hardy USDA Zones 4-10
Tolerates occasional wetness and will grow in moist conditions, but prefers a well-drained neutral soil in full sun to partial shade.
Can be susceptible to powdery mildew and rust if soil is dry and air circulation poor.

Remove dead foliage and divide (if required) in Spring, cut back to 6" in Autumn.



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