The Main Plant entry for Bee Balms (Monarda)

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Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Perennial
Leaves:Fragrant
Flowers:Showy
Uses:Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Propagation: Other methods:Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
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Monarda with bonus bug

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Location: my garden zone 7b NC, USADate: 2013-06-22Monarda with bonus bug
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-14
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 7-1-12
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2013-03-19
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 2012-07-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-15-11
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-06-23
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: 2013-03-19
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-02-13covered in snow
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-02-13covered in snow
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Location: Quad Cities Botanical Garden, Rock Island, Il.Date: 7-1-12
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Date: 2016-07-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-06-16
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-06-16
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-10-02
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-10-02
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-2-12
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Date: 2016-07-10
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Date: 2016-07-10
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-06-23
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Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jun 26, 2013 10:18 AM

Monarda is so quick and easy from seed. Direct seeding allows you to create swaths of Bee Balm color exactly where you want it.

The hummers and bees fight it out, and it's interesting to watch the hummers chase the bees away.

The scented foliage is said to have been used to make tea, and the scent is heady.

I have always made sure to have a few varieties of Monarda in my garden. There are many interesting colors available now. It was one of the first plants I got when I started gardening over 30 years ago.

Bringing the scented leaves into the house and placing them in a bowl creates instant heaven!

All in all, a wonderful addition to the garden.

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