Bee Balm Perennial or

Bee Balm Perennial or

Bee Balm Perennial

Prized for their bright, vibrant flowers, bee balm plants are herbaceous perennials native to North America. Interestingly enough, they're also considered herbs—bee balm is actually part of the mint family, boasting aromatic leaves and many culinary and medicinal uses.Best planted in the spring or fall, bee balm plants will produce clusters of scarlet, pink, or purple tubular flowers in mid to late summer. The distinctive "spiky hairdo" blooms are among their chief selling points, along with the plants' ability to attract a variety of wildlife to the garden landscape (among them, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds). Plus, if you're looking for a pick that imparts long-lasting color to your garden, bee balm may just be it—the plants are ​long-blooming perennials that grow quickly and can reach up to three feet or more in height.



In addition to the bee balm's employment for aesthetic purposes in the landscape, it is also an edible herb. Its flowers are used to garnish and flavor salads and other dishes, and it can be dried and used to make a spicy-sweet herbal tea. Medicinally, it can also be used to treat rashes and other skin irritations and can be made into a balm to treat bee stings (thus the primary common name). Hummingbirds and butterflies also like red bee balm, and it is commonly grown to attract bees, which help pollinate other nearby plants.Bee balm is susceptible to powdery mildew (a fungus that thrives in wet conditions), especially in late summer, when rain and humidity team together and can cause issues for the dense plants. If your plants succumb to powdery mildew after you have enjoyed the flowers for a while, it may be best to trim them back to the ground and properly dispose of the cut growth. Alternatively, if your bee balm plants come down with powdery mildew too early, and cutting the plants down is out of the question, try spraying with a solution that is three parts water to one part milk.

Vegetable Garden and Pollinator Plants Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Davidson County Demo Garden Herb & Flower Cottage Garden Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Herb & Flower Cottage Garden Foundation Planting- West Side of House Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade Border Landscape Pinewild County Club, Moore County Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Foundation Planting- West Side of House Herb & Flower Cottage Garden Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Bee Hive Garden, Wake Co Pond Garden Bee Hive Garden, Wake Co Wildlife Garden- Bird Sanctuary.Meet genus Monarda, aka bee balm, a member of the mint (Laminaceae) family, named in honor of the 16th century Spanish physician and botanist Nicolas Bautista Monardes. Monardes wrote some of the earliest books about the medicinal uses of America's native plants from intel gathered by early explorers who "discovered" Monarda and some of its many uses from the indigenous people who inhabited the New World. (Source: home.howstuffworks.com)



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