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Bee Balm flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Each tube-shaped flower has two lips: the lower lip provides an inviting landing pad for bees and other pollinating insects. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Native species of Bee Balm can be found in nearly every U.S. state.
Every year in June and July Panorama Mix Bee Balm produces tousled whorls of semi-double flowers in intense shades of pink, salmon, red, scarlet and crimson. Butterflies and hummingbirds find the flowers irresistible. Bee Balm is an excellent cut flower.
Leaves are mint scented and used to make Oswego Tea, which was commonly used in the 18th century as an affordable alternative to the highly taxed, imported black 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.
Panorama Red Shades Bee Balm is 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 Grass, Russian Sage, and Benary's Giant White Zinnia.
Bergamo's intense rose-purple blooms attract butterflies, make excellent cut flowers. Extremely disease resistant plants grow to 2 feet tall, with citrus-scented leaves. Bergamo begins to flower in as few as 10 weeks, and continues blooming into September, or later into the fall when given ample water.
Short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual. A Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner (Europe's top prize). Grows beautifully with Amber Wheels Gaillardia.
Sow Bee Balm seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Light helps Bee Balm seeds to germinate. Kept at 60-70° F., seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Transplant Bee Balm plants into garden 1-2 feet apart.
Growing Bee Balm: Plant in full sun in mild climates, afternoon shade is preferred in hot summer areas. Bee Balm plants spread quickly, are not invasive. Provide regular to ample moisture. Bee Balm plants will be longer-lived in cold winter climates. Bee Balm should be divided every 3 to 4 years in the spring or early fall. Discard any dead central plant material and transplant each small division 1½ to 2 feet apart. Widely adapted, Bee Balm is among the absolute best perennials for drawing hummingbirds into the garden. Attracts butterflies. Blooms also attract butterflies and honey bees; are excellent cut flowers. Bee Balms are rabbit and deer resistant plants.