A clump forming perennial with a long summer bloom period, light pink/lavender color flowers and minty scented leaves . We do not know the cultivars growing up here. The Bee Balm in the Children’s garden is a very light “baby” pink while the Bee Balm in the Columbine garden is dark pinkish purple. Bee Balm is a native plant distributed throughout the U.S.except CA and FL and other common names are Wild Bergamot and Horsemint (even though horses do not prefer Bee Balm but cattle and wildlife will browse the plant).
Herb garden, Butterfly garden, Native plant garden
Deadhead flowers to prolong summer bloom. Spreads by rhizome and self seeds. If spreading too much, divide clumps each spring. Plants need good air circulation due to susceptibility to powdery mildew. There are mildew resistant cultivars. M. fistulosa is suitable for a xeriscape area.