eastern bee balm

Monarda bradburiana (eastern bee balm). 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
Family Lamiaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest Summer, Fall, Winter
Height and Spread
1-2ft x 1-2ft (30-60cm x 30-60cm)
Flower Color Pink, White
Attracts Wildlife Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Additional Information
Native range: Central and Southern United States
Location in Lurie Garden
Northeast Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate