Wednesday’s Favorite Flower

Submitted a year ago
Created by
Henry Homeyer

Beebalm (Monarda didyma) is my favorite flower today. Yes, people complain that it spreads like crazy. Good. If your peonies spread, would you complain? They are fragrant, pretty, and come in a variety of colors and heights.

This spreads like crazy. Great! Give it room to run.

I have a miniature one called ‘Balmy Purple’. Its tag says 10 to 12 inches, but mine have topped out at 16 inches in their second year. So far, it has stayed in a tight clump and not spread, though I'd like it to. And I have a deep red one that is six feet tall. Most of mine are 4 feet tall or so.

'Balmy Purple' is a trademarked name.

One of my varieties will, on occasion, have 2 blossoms on the same stem, one above the other. Not often, but a few do this every year.

Two blossoms, one above the other. 

Here’s what you need to know: In average soil, beebalm does best in morning sun only. Hot afternoon sun is not what it likes, especially in dry soil. In moist soil, it will do fine in all-day sun. And if your beebalm spreads too much, just dig it out. It pulls easily. 

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