Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Basil Beebalm (Monarda clinopodia)
    Mint Family
    This white flowered beebalm is most commonly seen in the mountains. It is one of the most shade tolerant of the genus, and can be planted, and will even prefer part shade conditions in the Piedmont. This species will spread fast through rhizomes like some other beebalms, but is not as afflicted with powdery mildew. The nectar rich flowers attract all sorts of long-tongued pollinators, particularly hummingbirds and butterflies. Can be cut in half in early spring to promote bushier, more upright growth.
    Blooms: White, 4-6 weeks, June-Aug
    Leaves: Fragrant leaves have purple tones in cool months and on new growth
    Height: 3-4'
    Space: 2-3'
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Full sun-Part sun-Part Shade
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies
    Seeds: Small shiny brown seeds
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-8
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont
     NC, seed grown