'Pardon My Cerise' Bee Balm Monarda | Proven Winners

No room for the tall, bushy, traditional Bee Balm in your garden?  Here is a petite selection that’s easy to tuck into the front of your sunny border and combination containers.  Reaching just a little over a foot tall at maturity, this compact selection forms a bushy, well-branched clump of green, semi-glossy foliage.

From mid through late summer, dark cherry pink flowers sit just at the top of the foliage. Though the plant may be dwarf, the flowers are the same size as taller selections, measuring a full 2½-3" across. They add a bright splash of color to the border in high summer.

This selection also offers good resistance to powdery mildew, a problem with many older Bee Balms. Just provide good air circulation, sunshine, and plenty of water and these plants will thrive!

Monarda is native to eastern North America, so it is easy to grow and it multiplies quickly. The flowers' sweet nectar attracts scores of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to the garden. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavor teas.

  • Fragrant Flower
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
  • Resists: Deer
  • Native to North America


  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Medium
  • Garden Height: 14 - 18 Inches
  • Spacing: 10 - 12 Inches
  • Spread: 10 - 12 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Pink, Red
  • Flower Shade: Dark cherry pink
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Green
  • Habit: Upright
  • Container Role: Filler


  • Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Mid - Late Summer
  • Hardiness Zones: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b 
  • Water Category: Consistent
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Alkaline Soil, Neutral Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting
  • Uses Notes: Best Used in Landscapes
  • Maintenance Notes: Prefers rich, moist soil and full sun but also grows well in ordinary garden soil and part shade. This hardy selection is mildew resistant.
  • Fun Facts: Growing monarda near tomatoes in the garden is said to improve the health and flavor of the tomatoes. Monarda is the natural source of the antiseptic Thymol, the primary active ingredient in some kinds of mouthwash. Monarda didyma has a long history of being used by some tribes of Native Americans as a medicinal plant to cure skin infections, minor wounds, and even excessive cases of gas.

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc


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