It may be called "bee balm," but it's just as beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds, too! Especially 'Jacob Cline', as its classic red flowers provide the color that hummingbirds find irresistible, and an abundance of nectar that makes sure all winged visitors will come back for more.
Monardas perform best in full sun with moist soil. Though they can take some shade, this increases the potential for powdery mildew to develop. Avoid wetting the leaves and flowers to further minimize the potential for this unsightly, though ultimately harmless, condition.
Size: 4-5'/1.2-1.5m tall and wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 4-9 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Notable features: fragrant foliage, deer resistant, native.
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'