Bee balm Monarda didyma Monarda didyma 'Marshall's Delight'Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bee balm (Monarda didyma) moe-NAR-dah DID-ih-mah Genus: Monarda Bee balm, a clump-forming perennial, bears minty-scented scarlet, pink, or purple flowers in midsummer on branching, square stems. Leaves are aromatic as well. This native of eastern North America attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Noteworthy Characteristics: Likes wet soil. U.S. native. Good plant for a wildlife garden. Care: Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Propagation: Divide clumps in spring. Root basal cuttings in spring. Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Native, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Pink Uses Beds and Borders Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Perennials Monarda didymaView the discussion thread.