Monarda

If you’ve reached this page via a QR code from the FSGC plant sale, welcome! You would like to learn more about this plant.

Photo by Nan Mellem 2014.

Monarda is most often referred to as Bee Balm, and the bees do love it, so do Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds! The picture above is of the variety in my garden—I’d describe the bloom color as a pinkish red, or light magenta.

Full to partial sun
Average/moist soil
2-4 feet tall
Zones 4-9
Native plant

Mine are prone to powdery mildew, but I am a bit crazy about watering my garden so the additional moisture can have that effect. They also have late afternoon shade.

Here are the Monarda a bit earlier in the year with newer blossoms.
Photo by Nan Mellem, July 2020.

New plants return pure every spring, and can be cut back in the late summer or fall. Cut the seed heads separately and drop them in the garden bed to reseed.

The Spruce has a detailed article on Monarda: https://www.thespruce.com/red-bee-balm-plants-2132327

Metamorphosis

My tadpoles have made great strides toward becoming frogs. They are growing legs! Yesterday I saw the first one take some tentative jumps along a lily pad.

When the sun is shining on the pond, I turn off the pond pump so the water stills. They crowd onto every flat surface to bask in the warmth and grow.

There are still several swimmers. I enjoy watching all of them.