Wild Basil Balm is one of the exceptions in genus Monarda - this one prefers to grow in shade! Also it will tolerate drier shade under trees.
Native woodland plant in eastern USA, primarily in the Appalachian range, see the USDA distribution map. Naturally occurs on lightly shaded mountain hillsides, woodland edges and lightly shaded meadows or fields.
Size 3-4' tall x 2.5' wide, white flowers (typical for bee balm), attract bumble bees more than butterflies or bees. Hummingbird plant.
Flowering time June-August, hardy in zones 5-7.
The best is light shade, dappled shade or half-shade (morning sun, afternoon shade). Grows well in average to dry, preferably organic rich soil. Tolerant to clay, deer resistant plant.
Picture copyright : Fritz Flohr Reynolds, Flickr
Pot Size : square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
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These white monarda were very hard to find. All mail order plants are smaller than a garden center but that's how you get special plants. USPerennials has great prices, great customer service and fast delivery. Questions were answered promptly by Rad via e-mail. I'd definitely buy from them again.
I purchased this locally in July, when we were experiencing drought and daily temperatures in the 90s. This and the other plants I bought were in great condition when I took them home, and are all doing well now after making it through the severe weather. I asked my husband to plant this one for me, and he forgot for about a week, then finally planted it in the wrong place (so we had to move it). Survived that just fine.