Monarda Upscale™ Lavender Taffeta

Monarda (Bee Balm)  moh-NAR-da

Proven Winners Upscale™ Lavender Taffeta:

Upscale Lavender Taffeta has large dark lavender blooms with a lighter picotee edge, giving the flowers a bi-colored effect covering the glossy, dark green foliage. The well-branched stems support the second wave of blooms giving you even more time to enjoy this garden beauty. Hardy in zones 4-8, this native perennial likes to be planted in full sun to part shade locations and is quick to multiply, filling in garden spaces. Blooming mid to late summer, UPSCALE ‘Lavender Taffeta’ attracts hummingbirds and butterflies as well as beneficial pollinators to the garden. Plant in mass, as a border, or in containers and enjoy the fragrant blooms.

Full to Part Sun

Height: 22-26″/Spread: 28-30″

Mid Summer to Fall

Size Available: 1 Gallon

 

Description

Monarda (Bee Balm)  moh-NAR-da

Monarda, also known as the bee balm plant, is a North American native, thriving in woodland areas. The bee balm flower has an open, daisy-like shape, with tubular petals in shades of red, pink, purple and white. Bee balm plants are perennial, coming back year after year to add cheerful color to your garden.

Bee balm’s attractive colors and minty orange scent is favorite for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. It is also a tasty edible addition for people. All above ground parts of the plant are edible. The leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. Bee balm has a minty taste and a flavor similar to oregano. It also has a citrusy aroma. If you sip on Earl Grey tea, then bee balm tea will seem very familiar. Bee balm flowers bloom from mid to late summer. For better flower production, it’s best not to harvest the plant during the first year of planting. Beginning the second season of growth, harvest the flowers often to encourage more bloom production.

Bee balm is edible for humans and is considered safe for dogs, cats and other animals to ingest.