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Monarda didyma 'Raspberry Wine'

Bee balm

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Wine red flowers open from buds that resemble raspberries. A stunning and long flowering perennial that makes a great cut flower and the petals are edible. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavor teas. Attractive, dark green foliage exhibits excellent mildew resistance.


 

Benefits

  • Attracts Hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Edible flowers, also a great cut flower
  • Attracts beneficial insects, birds eat the seed
  • Blooms for 4 weeks or more
  • Disease resistant

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Place in a sunny area with good air circulation. Thin clumps to improve air circulation after several years if they get too crowded. Remove old flower heads the first few weeks plants are blooming to prolong bloom. After that, let flowers go to seed so birds and other creatures can eat the seed. Leave the stems standing in winter to provide homes for beneficial insects.


Height
30-42 in

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Spread
24-30 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Openings and moist thickets; Maine to Michigan south to Ohio and West Virginia, then down the mountains to northern Georgia.

Native Trivia

Nectar is an easily digested sugar that provides energy for creatures with high metabolism rates. Did you know the heart rate of a hummingbird is 1,260 beats per minute?

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Medium to Tall Grasses
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Fragrant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin