Monarda bradburiana (eastern beebalm). A member of the Lamiaceae, or mint family, this wonderful perennial makes a strong color statement in the garden with its pink-to-white flowers that often have purple flecks. Eastern bee balm does best in full-sun, but will tolerate partial shade.
The plant is a great naturalizer in the garden, often self-seeding to establish large, dense colonies that require occasional thinning. Hummingbirds and butterflies can’t resist a visit to this beebalm!
Monardas have the bad reputation as sponges for powdery mildew; however, M. bradburiana shows strong mildew resistance. Rust can be a problem for eastern beebalm when grown in areas without adequate airflow or over-watered areas.
|Botanical Name||Monarda bradburiana|
|Common Name||eastern beebalm|
|USDA Zone||5 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||1-2ft x 1-2ft (30-60cm x 30-60cm)|
|Flower Color||Pink, White|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to US Midwest. Native to Central and Southern United States.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northeast Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Southwest Dark Plate|