Bee Balm (Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine') in the Bee Balms Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 42 to 52 inches
Plant Spread: 30 to 42 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Red
Other: Wine-red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Pollinators: Bees

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Location: In my garden in Lenore, IDDate: 7-4-2014A bloom on top of a bloom!
By Natalie
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Date: early August
By Windigo
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Location: My garden, North Central IdahoDate: 7-4-2015#Pollination
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Date: 2013-07-10
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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2014-07-22
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2015-07-10 1:28 pm. This plant presents itself well in the garden.
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2009-07-08
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-10-21The seed heads in a very frozen state this morning.
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Location: Sun Garden Pittsford NYDate: 2009-07-29
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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: 2012-06-07Flower cluster from the side.
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-07-18Interesting how the leaves below the flower cluster are also red.
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2014-07-17
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2014-07-17
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Location: My 6b gardenDate: 2016-06-22First bloom!
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Date: 2008-06-22Hummingbirds love the Monarda blooms
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Date: 2007-06-09
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Date: 2007-06-06
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2010-07-30
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2007-06-30
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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: 2012-06-07Butterflies love to nectar on this flower.
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-08-22
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-07-10
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-07-10love the red in the leaves
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-07-18
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-08-01Big fuzzy bumblebee checking out a flowerhead.. too bad the bee w
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Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Date: 2013-07-20
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2016-10-18 2:28 pm. The purple leafy bracts under the blossoms, add to the
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2007-06-30
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2009-07-08
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: kitchenerDate: 2015-07-24
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Comments:
Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jul 4, 2012 4:58 PM

A gorgeous, eye-catching, screaming fuchsia pink color. This plant is in its first season in my garden and is currently 5 feet tall and loaded with larger-than-expected blossoms which are popular with an assortment of wonderful pollinating insects. It has shrugged off the extreme heat and drought of this summer. I give it occasional drains with the hose, but so far it has no mildew. It may take over my garden in the future but right now I love it!

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 11:11 AM

A CRAZY-spreading plant! Started out with 1 little bitty plant, The following spring I had almost 100! Not sure if they're spread from the roots or by seeds. The scent is VERY pungent and I can smell it from over 10 feet away. Brilliant red-fuchsia flowers. Attracts bees & hummers equally. Bumblebees seem to love this plant. Tolerates extreme moisture as long as there's *some* drainage. Tolerates partial shade. Zone 5 w/no protection.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth, Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Jul 13, 2016 10:32 AM

Gorgeous color. May be cut in half at 12" for more compact plants. Needs good air circulation. If bothered by mildew (usually after bloom), cut back to healthy growth. Spreads via rhizomes, which are easily pulled out and can be used to start new clumps and to also avoid overcrowding. This is a great plant to have 3-5 clumps of around your yard so your eye will move from one to the other. Pairs well with other vibrant mid-summer blooms. Without any pruning, mine easily reach 4' in height. I'm somewhat confused by the 'red' bloom color in the database; this is clearly a hot fuschia pink to me. No worries, though, the photos speak for themselves.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 11, 2012 8:31 AM

Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees love this plant. The name "bee balm" derives from the topical use of the aromatic leaves to relieve bee sting.

A close relative of mint, the leaves have a sweet minty odor. The flowers have a mellower perfume largely overwhelmed by the leaves.
It likes full sun, does fine with part shade, and prefers rich, acid soil. It also likes persistently moist, well-draining soil but when established will tolerate short periods of drought.

Good as cut flowers that last a long time in bouquets. Blooms all summer long, strongest from middle to late summer. Can reach 6 ft.

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Posted by Natalie (North Central Idaho - Zone 7a) on Sep 7, 2014 9:54 PM

The hummingbirds have gone crazy over this plant, and so have I! It is really gorgeous and has grown really well for me. I had it in my zone 5a garden, moved it with me to a warmer 7a, and it has done really well in both zones. I haven't had any problems with it reseeding, but I would't mind if it did. I had it in full sun in my previous garden and it is in partial shade now, but the shade hasn't bothered it at all.

It also has a very nice fragrance. I can't smell it from a distance due to the wind that never seems to stop here, but up close it is strong, but not overpowering. I can't imagine not having this plant in my yard! I also love it for the color. It is very vibrant and doesn't fade at all.

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