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Bee Balm flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant.
Every year in June and July, 'Panorama Mix' Bee Balm produces shaggy, semi-double flowers in intense shades of pink, salmon, red, scarlet and crimson. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them; are great cut flowers. Leaves mint scented, used to make Oswego tea. Plants grow to 3 feet tall, are extremely mildew resistant. Winter hardy to zone 3.
'Panorama Red Shades' Bee Balm is the first separate color available from 'Panorama Mix.' These plants are extremely resistant to powdery mildew. Winter hardy to zone 3. Grows nicely with: Chinese Fountain Grass, Russian Sage, and 'Benary's Giant White' Zinnia.
'Bergamo' Bee Balm plant's intense rose-purple flowers attract butterflies, are excellent for cutting. Plants grow to 2 feet tall, extremely mildew resistant, begin flowering in about 10 weeks after sprouting. Flowering continues into September. Short-lived perennial, grown as an annual. A 2008 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize). Grows nicely with: 'Amber Wheels' Gaillardia.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Light aids germination. Kept at 60-70° F., seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Transplant into garden 1-2 feet apart.
Comments: Full sun, prefers afternoon shade in warm climates. Spreads quickly, is not invasive. Likes regular to ample moisture. Longer-lived in cold winter climates. Widely adapted, they are among the absolute best perennials for drawing hummingbirds into the garden. Attracts butterflies. Deer and rabbit resistant.