Bee Balm, Bradbury's Monarda

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Monarda bradburiana

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Bradbury's Monarda, aka Eastern Bee Balm or Bradbury's Bee Balm, is an heirloom perennial (Zones 5-8). This bee balm is smaller and more compact than Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa). Its blossoms are a gorgeous pale lavender hue in tandem with magenta petioles. They perform well in wetter conditions, resisting powdery mildew while also standing up to drought. Much like other bee balms, it has a wonderful minty scent and will attract ample pollinator species!

Seeds grown by Downtown Teaching Farm at Boise High School in Boise, ID.

400 seeds.

Directions: Direct seed outdoors in early spring or late fall. Or, to aid germination, store seeds in damp sand in fridge for 60 days before direct sowing in Spring. Seeds require cold stratification.

Planting Depth

Seed Spacing

Days to Germination

Days to Maturity

1/8" - 1/4"


14 Days