Bee balm, also known as monarda, is covered with unique, lavender-pink flower clusters that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees to the garden. Use the edible petals to replace oregano in savory dishes, steep into tea, bake into breads, add to a fruit salad, or float in punch. We chose this variety because it is more tolerant to dry soil conditions than other varieties of bee balm. Plants bloom quickly for a splash of summer and fall color. The lovely petals are edible with a lemon-mint-oregano flavor. Pretty in a mixed bouquet of cut flowers and in wildflower gardens. 'Lambada' is considered a tender perennial, although it does not reliably overwinter; best grown as an annual.
• Botanical Name: Monarda sp.
• Family: Lamiaceae
• Native: Unknown
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36", 8"–12" wide; wider if perennial in following years.
• Variety Information: Lavender flowers in 2"–2 ½" whorls; individual flowers up to 1"
• Exposure: Full sun to part shade
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
• Days to Emerge: 14–21 days
• Seed Depth: Surface to 1/16"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 5 seeds every 12"
• Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 12"