This aromatic herbaceous perennial, known as bergamot (bee balm) has nectar-rich flowers, which are very attractive to bees. Growing approximately 36 inches tall, bergamot flowers from mid to late summer. The heads of these tubular flowers have some outstandingly beautiful colors of red, pink, white or purple. It is easy to grow being a member of the mint family, its roots spread vigorously. It makes a lively addition to a mixed planting for its bright scarlet or pink flowers. Bee balm grows in either full sunlight or semi-shade, but flowering will be best in the open. Needs well-drained soil that is made moisture-retentive by the addition of large amounts of decayed organic matter. Sow in February, March and October, transplant April and May, Flowers in July and August.
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