General Plant Information (Edit)
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 8b
Plant Height: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2m)
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet (60-91cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: Divide every 3-4 years or when overcrowding occurs.
Pollinators: Bees
Child plants: one child plant

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Common names
  • Bee Balm
  • Beebalm
  • Oswego Tea
  • Bergamot
  • Firecracker Plant
Also sold as:
  • Jacob Kline

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Date: 2016-07-12
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-07-26
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-06-16

Date: 2017-07-18
Location: SK, Canada
Date: 2023-07-14
Location: southeast alabama
Date: 2015-06-02
tall and erect slender stems!
Location: Grouping of Jacobs bee balm
Date: 2015-06-08
Just makes me go awe every day!
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Jul 18, 2012
Location: Oregon
Date: summer 2011
Location: south east alabama
Date: 2019-05-30
Late afternoon spectacular red color of Jacob Cline bloom!
Photo by NJBob
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2020-07-14
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
Location: N. Illinois, zone 5b
Date: 2014-07-10
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C. 
Date: 2007-07-11
Blossoms look like unruly mops of hair. A bee is interested.

Date: 2015-07-09
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2009-06-24
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 12 July 2021
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline')
Location: New Jersey zone 6B
Date: 2020-06-29
Location: Middle TN
Date: June 14,  2018
Location: southeast alabama
Date: 2015-06-02
A closeup of an emerging bud
Location: southeast alabama zone 8b
Date: 2017-06-06
on its way to becoming a beautiful bloom!
Location: Brownstown PA 17508
Date: 2020-07-08
Location: Des Plaines, IL
Date: 6/19/12

photo credit: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma

 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
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Photo by Hazelcrestmikeb
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Whetstone Park of Roses, Columbus OH USA
Date: 2016-06-25
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: Early Summer
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Location: southeast alabama
Date: 2015-06-02
Tall erect and beautiful!
Location: Middle TN
Date: June 14,  2018
Location: southeast alabama
Date: 2015-06-02
Jacob Cline 's leaves!

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia
Date: 2012-06-17
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2011-06-25

Date: 2015-06-21
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-19
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Middle TN
Date: June 14,  2018
A star in the garden. Spreads pleasantly for me. Not a thug and I
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2013-07-03

Photo Courtesy of Garden Perennials. Used with Permission.
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Location: Oregon
Date: summer 2011

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials

Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-16
Left side of photo.

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Location: Farmer John's Greenhouse, Farmington Hills, MI
Date: 2012-07-02
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2014-08-23
gets very little sun, so kinda spindly
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2015-07-30
Location: N. Illinois, zone 5b
Date: 2014-07-5
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-07-26
dried seed head

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: western Oregon
Date: spring 2015
Location: Rockford, IL
Date: 2013-10-04
In the 4" pot from the nursery.
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Comments:
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 24, 2014 10:38 AM concerning plant:
    Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) 'Jacob Cline' is an attractive cultivar, bearing bright red blossoms in mid to late summer. Like most Monardas, it prefers moist soil. Keep thinned out to prevent mildew. In my zone 7a garden, 'Jacob Cline' got leaf burn in too much sun, so I have kept it in a part-shade spot, where it has bloomed. It probably would do well with only morning sun in hotter summer climates.
  • Posted by sherrilosee (Bloomington, IN - Zone 6a) on Aug 16, 2012 8:04 PM concerning plant:
    Full sun is recommended, but I find it grows and blooms in quite a bit of shade. Very mildew resistant.
Plant Events from our members
gardengus On June 17, 2016 Bloomed
first bloom
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full bloom
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MunchkinsMom On June 5, 2016 Bloomed
Has one bloom almost completly open, and is spreading nicely.
MunchkinsMom On April 2, 2016 Transplanted
Kitchen Rock, 2" pot, about 3" tall, leafing out
MunchkinsMom On November 2, 2015 Obtained plant
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