A bee, butterfly, and hummingbird magnet,
with profuse lavender flowers on strong stems.
Foliage ”smells like the winds of Paradise” and has been enjoyed as a tea for centuries.
Native Americans and pioneers alike used the tea for colds and bronchial problems.
We like it as a cut flower—the foliage gives the room a fresh scent. Good in the wild garden. Needs good air circulation. Blooms 2nd year.
BOTANICAL NAME: Monarda fistulosa
Start seed in flats. smooth and tamp soil, scatter the seeds sparingly on the surface, and just barely cover with a sprinkling of soil. Keep moist but not soggy--you may put glass or a plastic bag over the flat. When seedlings have several true leaves, transplant about 12" apart into well-composted, weed-free garden bed with full sun to part shade, and water in. Perennial in zones 3-9.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE CULTURAL INFORMATION: Perennial/Zones 4-10/Height 24"/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Bee Friendly, Edible Flower