Lemon Bee Balm


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Lemon Bee Balm

Monarda citriodora

aka Purple horsemint, Lemon mint, Plains horsemint, Lemon horsemint, Horsemint, Purple lemon mint

Packet contains 250 mg ~650 seeds

This annual wildflower is native to midwest but grows from California to Florida. It naturally inhabits prairies and roadsides. Bee balm is easy to establish, and readily reseeds each year. As the name implies, the foliage smells lemony (turning more reminiscent of oregano late in the season) and the large, purple/pink, sage-like flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

Growing Information

Type: Annual

Seed Depth: 1/16". Direct sow onto a well-prepared seed bed, and lightly rake the soil to cover.

Height: 36"

Spacing: 18"

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Water: Keep soil moist until seeds germinate, and provide supplemental water until plants reach 10-12 inches tall. After that, plants prefer relatively dry soil.

Soil: Well-drained, prefers high clay content but not waterlogged.

Soil pH: 6.6-7.8

USDA Zone: 3-10

When to sow: Direct sow in spring as soil begins to warm.

Optimal soil temperature for germination: 60-70F

Blooming period: Summer

Coverage: 1 ounce covers 1,000 square feet, 3 pounds per acre. Approximately 1,207,000 seeds per pound.


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Rec'd quickly. They're growing just fine.