beebalm ‘Scorpion’

Monarda ‘Scorpion’ (beebalm ‘Scorpion’) is a clump-forming perennial, with 3ft tall, upright stems topped with heads of tubular, bright purple flowers throughout the summer. 

Like other beebalms, M. ‘Scorpion’ has deliciously scented foliage that has often been used in a poultice to lessen the pain of bee stings (hence the common name), and as an antiseptic. One of the likely parent plants for M. ‘Scorpion’, Monarda didyma is known as Oswego Tea because it has been used to make a mint-like tea. 

Botanical Name Monarda ‘Scorpion’
Common Name beebalm ‘Scorpion’
Family Lamiaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 2-2.5ft (60-90cm x 60-75cm)
Flower Color Purple, Red
Attracts Wildlife Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Cultivated Form of a Native Plant. Hybrid between several species of Monarda native to the Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate


Average Flowering Time