Scarlet Beebalm

Scarlet Beebalm

Monarda didyma

Featured Plant Category: Edible Native Plants, Pollinator Plants

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Color: Red

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Medium to wet, rich and humusy.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: crimson beebalm, scarlet monarda, Oswego tea, bergamot, horsemint

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Beebalm can be found in bottomlands, moist woods, and streambanks. This mint family member is clump forming and can become quite robust once established. The tubular, showy flowers are a bright scarlet-red that can be used in floral displays. Its flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds, swallowtail butterflies, native bees, and many other pollinators. Beebalm can be used in the landscape as an herb, in a rain garden, or to naturalize. It spreads by both rhizomes and self-seeding. The leaves have a minty refreshing scent when bruised or crushed, and the Oswego people of New York state famously used this plant as a tea. It can tolerate rabbits, deer, clay soils, and black walnut trees. Monarda didyma is a larval host to the orange mint moth, raspberry pyrausta, and the hermit sphinx moth (similar to the one pictured above).


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Container Size


Bloom Time

July to August

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Medium to wet, rich and humusy.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

crimson beebalm, scarlet monarda, Oswego tea, bergamot, horsemint

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