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Monarda bradburiana

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Monarda bradburiana is a very promising species for several reasons. It has a naturally short habit (about 2’ tall) and incredibly disease resistant foliage. Its subdued, pale pink flowers are also unique among bee balms which tend to have very bright, bold colors. The bloom period is also about a week earlier than most other Monarda. The only complaint with Monarda bradburiana is that it has a very floppy habit. If further research of this species focuses on sturdier habits it would easily be one of the best bee balms for garden use.


  • Rating
  • Common Name
    eastern bee balm  
  • Peak Bloom
    Early June 
  • Flower Size
  • Peak flower coverage
  • Weeks in full bloom
  • Height
  • Width after three years
  • Powdery mildew resistance