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North America's Most
This old-fashioned flower is much more than just a pretty
face. For those who grow and love it, it can be a cut flower,
home cure and even a tasty tea. Bee balm, or Monarda, has
been a staple of North American gardens for centuries, and
now you can add a rainbow of bee balm blooms to your
borders and beds.
These native species will feel right at home in your garden
Each easy-care variety in our new Bee Balm Collection was bred from
native North American species and is winter hardy in zones 3-9. A
member of the mint family, bee balm produces fragrant, spicy foliage that
deer and rabbits detest but local pollinators can't resist. From midsummer
to early fall, colourful, crown-shaped flowers will attract beneficial bees, but
that's not all. Beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds will also become frequent
visitors to your bee balm blooms, so be sure to plant them (in sun
or part shade) somewhere you can enjoy the view.
From Native Cure to New World 'Cuppa'
Part herb, part ornamental beauty, bee balm was revered by the North
American Indians for its healing properties. But it wasn't until the late
18th century that the European colonists began their love affair with
this versatile plant. After the Boston Tea Party, Americans began to
embrace bee balm as a replacement for imported Chinese tea. Soon
bee balm tea was one of the most popular drinks in colonial homes,
and bee balm blooms were plentiful in their gardens.
Besides garden beauty, here are just a few of the
many more uses for Bee Balm:
• Bee balm tea—just boil and steep
a few dried leaves. • Edible, slightly spicy bee balm flowers
can be used in salads or as pastry
toppings. • Fragrant oils released from crushed bee balm leaves act as a natural mosquito
repellent. • Antimicrobial properties make bee balm a key ingredient in home remedies for colds, sore throats and more. • Strained and cooled water from boiled
bee balm can soothe a sunburn, rash or
This collection includes 2 each of the following varieties:
Snow White: 70-80 cm tall Beauty of Cobham: 70-80 cm tall Garden View Scarlet: 100-115 cm tall Prairie Night: 70-80 cm tall Mohawk: 90-115 cm tall