Monarda bradburiana (Bradbury's Bee Balm) is an excellent showy plant for the home landscape!!! If you are familiar with its cousin Wild Bergamot but want a shorter and tamer plant for your native landscape you have found your Monarda. Monarda bradburiana (Bradbury's Bee Balm) often times contains an exquisite purple hue on the leaf fringes and veins during the growing season that transitions to a luscious red in the fall that just screams beautiful!!! Naturally uncommon around the Chicago area, this plant is much more common in Central and Southern Illinois in upland forests and savannas and limestone outcroppings where competition is low.
- Sun Exposure Prairie/Savanna
- Soil Conditions Mesic, Dry-Mesic
- Height 1'-2'
- Flower Color Pink-Purple
- Flower Time June -July
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Photo 1 By: By Plantlady (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photos 2, 3, 4 By: peganum from Small Dole, England (Monarda bradburiana) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons