Lemon Bee Balm - Start Monarda Citriodora seeds for a wonderful annual that attracts beneficial insects. Monarda Citriodora is commonly called Lemon Bee Balm, Lemon Mint, and Purple Horsemint. As the name suggests, it is an herb in the mint family. Lavender-to-pink, tuft-like, whorled flower heads attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The Lemon Mint herb plant blooms from spring into late summer.Often late in the season the scent is described as resembling oregano more than lemon.
Monarda Citriodora grows in prairies, roadsides and other sunny habitats from wildflower seed. It grows from California to Florida, but is a native of the Midwest. It prefers soils with a high percentage of clay, but is adaptable to varying soil types as long as they are drier soils and not saturated. Lemon Bee Balm herb plants grow best in full sun to partial shade. Like many wildflowers, they can re-grow from the wildflower seed that drops it late fall. This wildflower seed will be dormant until temperatures rise the following spring and proper moisture levels are obtained to ensure germination.
- Season: Annual
- USDA Zones: 3 - 10
- Height: 36 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer
- Bloom Color: Lavender to pink
- Environment: Full sun to partial shade