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Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Bee Balm /

'Jacob Cline' is a tall, vigorous, long blooming bee balm with enormous red blooms and fragrant foliage. Perfect for the back of any planting, it provides nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, seed for birds and cover for wildlife. Removing old flowers extends the July through August bloom time.


  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Deer resistant; mildew resistant foliage
  • Thrives in full sun or partial shade with 8+ week bloom time
  • Old stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects
  • Seed source for birds and other critters

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.

36-48 Inches


36-48 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

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?

"Butterflies thrive on the sweet nectar from these flowers, as do their hummingbird friends!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Medium Perennials
  • Medium to Tall Perennials
  • Sun
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Moist
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Wet Sun
Native Habitat
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • 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