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 How to plant Bee Balm seeds 

Bee Balm flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant.

'Panorama Mix' bee balm flower seeds. Flowers in intense shades of salmon, red, and pink. HR00025

PANORAMA MIX Bee Balm Seeds Monarda didyma

Every year in June and July Panorama Mix Bee Balms produce shaggy, semi-double flowers in intense shades of pink, salmon, red, scarlet and crimson. Butterflies and hummingbirds find them irresistible and they are excellent cut flowers.

Leaves are mint scented and used to make Oswego tea. Panorama Mix Bee Balm plants are extremely mildew resistant, grow to 3-feet tall, and thrive in full sun or part shade. Winter hardy to zone 3.

50 seeds - $2.99
Bee balm Panorama Red Shades' herb seeds. Bright red flowers. Leaves used to make Oswego Tea. HR00027

PANORAMA RED SHADES Bee Balm Seeds Monarda didyma

Panorama Red Shades Bee Balm, the first separate color from Panorama Mix. Plants are extremely resistant to powdery mildew. Winter hardy to zone 3. Grows nicely in mixed borders with: Chinese Fountain GrassRussian Sage,  and  Benary's Giant White Zinnia.

25 seeds - $1.99
Bergamo bee balm HR00910

BERGAMO Bee Balm Seeds Monarda Citriodora-Hybr.

Intense rose-purple blooms, attract butterflies, are excellent cut flowers. Plants grow to 2 feet tall, are extremely disease resistant, begin to flower in as few as 10 weeks. Continues flowering into September.

Short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual. A 2008 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize). Grows well with Amber Wheels Gaillardia.

25 seeds - $1.99

How to Plant Bee Balm Seeds

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.