Monarda bradburiana (Lamiaceae)
Bradbury's Bee Balm
Plantsman, author and Niche alumnus Bill Cullina shared this exciting Midwestern Monarda species with us. Compact multistemmed plants top out at 1.5-2', with pale-lavender-pink blooms in late spring — much earlier than other Bee Balms! Foliage has a nice minty fragrance, good mildew-resistance, and a subtle burgundy-purple sheen that is very prominent on new growth. This species can tolerate poorer, drier soils than many commonly grown Monardas, and is spectacular speckled amongst low grasses.
Bloom color: pale-pink
Bloom period: late-spring
Container size: Qt.