Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Monarda didyma - Scarlet Beebalm

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Monarda didyma

To view the natural range of Scarlet Beebalm visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website

Native Plant of the Year -LEAP (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity) - Native Plant of the Year 2014 - 

Monarda didyma
Monarda didyma loving our front yard!

Wildlife Significance

Monarda didyma

Pollinated by -
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds & butterflies mainly fritillaries 

Nectar Attracts -Hummingbirds, native bees, bumble bees and Swallowtail butterflies

Not desirable to mammals - The aroma of this plant discourages mammals from consuming it.
For more information  Visit the Illinois Wildflower website
Lovely patch of Red Be Balm, some of the lower leaves are turning yellow
Red Bee Balm - Roger Dahlin
 Scarlet Beebalm
Scarlet Beebalm

Cultivation Information

Scarlet Beebalm

Height - 3 to 4 feet
Flower Color - Red
Blooms - May to October
Sun- Sun - part shade
Hardy Zone - 3 to 9

Soil - Moist to wet, fertile - grows naturally along sunny river banks

Susceptible to Powdery Mildew - To reduce increase air flow, grow in full sun, divide plants when colony become dense

Family - Lamiaceae- Mint Family
 Scarlet Bergamot!without  a picture of a hummingbird as he flew away to quickly
Hummingbirds love Scarlet Bergamot!!

Plant/seed Provenance - Monarda didyma

Amanda's Garden, Springwater, NY - 2013 - Nodding Onion Gardens -2014 to present