Haw Honey

Monarda clinopodia / Basil Bergamot (Mint Family)

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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: Green, simple, full, used in tea
Height: 3-4'
Space: 2-3'
Soil: Average to moist, rich woodland soil
Exposure: Full sun-Part Shade
Fauna: Hummingbirds, bees, butterflies
Seeds:  Small shiny seeds inside of a brown seed head

Deer Resistance: High

Zone: 5-8
Native Status: NC native, common in the Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont
 NC, seed grown