Wild Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa)
A.k.a. bergamot or beebalm. A showy mint relative that attracts equally flashy pollinators including skippers, butterflies, hummingbird moths, and hummingbirds! Generally adaptable, but prefers well-drained soils. It’s herb-y taste means it is rarely browsed by mammals.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Adaptable
Bloom Color: Lavender
Bloom Time: Jul-Aug
Root Type: Rhizome
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Supports mainly long tongued pollinators such as long-tongued bees, bee flies, butterflies, skippers, and hummingbird moths, as well as hummingbirds. Hosts the hermit sphinx and grey marvel moths. A mild herby taste makes foliage unpalatable to browsers.