Common Name: Bee Balm, Bergamot
Free-flowering, Monarda 'Fireball' (Bee Balm) is a compact, clump-forming perennial boasting masses of vibrant scarlet red flowers, borne in dense, globular terminal heads. Blooming for weeks from mid to late summer, they rest upon a whorl of decorative bracts and attract scores of butterflies and hummingbirds.
Monarda is native to eastern North America, so it is easy to grow and it multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavor teas.
Flower Color: Red shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements: Average Water Needs, Consistent Water Needs
Bloomtime: Midsummer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Attracts Wings: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds
Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant
Growth Rate: Rapid
Garden Style: Cottage, Eclectic, Rain Garden
Other Features: Border Plant, Cut Flower, Cut Foliage, Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Mass Planting
Origin: Native to North America