Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Eastern Beebalm (Monarda bradburiana)
    Mint Family
    This is the first beebalm to bloom in the spring. Its short, tidy structure, & purple and pink color palette make it a lovely addition to the garden. The flower is made of numerous tube-like structures (corolla) that are typical of beebalm–for this species they are pinkish white with purple dots. Purple bracts surrounding the base of the flowers will remain attractive long after flowering is complete. The seed head maintains a round button form long into winter, giving it 3 season interest. This beebalm gets extra points for being highly resistant to the powdery mildew that so affects other species of the genus and for being a less aggressive spreader.
    Blooms: Pink, 2-3 weeks, April-May
    Leaves: Shades of green, purple, 2-3”, ovate, finely hairy
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Avg., dry to rocky
    Exposure: Full sun to Part Sun
    Fauna: Longue-tongue bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
    Seeds: Small nutlets are wind dispersed
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-8
    Native Status: Southern US, Midwest US native
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown