Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)
Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)Packet: ~85 seeds (0.05 gram) More info964 available
This mint family perennial (Monarda fistulosa), also known as Wild Bergamot or Lavender Bergamot, grows delicate crown-shaped pale pastel purple flowers and foliage with a scent reminiscent of the bergamot citrus. The entire Monarda genus has been historically used as a cold tea, topically as a wound poultice, and as a food / seasoning. One popular contemporary use is making Bee Balm Flower-infused Honey. These plants need some care in the seeding and transplant stage, but are well worth the attention. Once established Bee Balm is quite hardy; the plant has a rhizomatic growth habit but doesn't aggressively spread. If you plant seeds early enough in spring you will get flowers within its first year of growth. On a lark we inter-planted our Bee Balm plants with actual lavender (Lavendula sp. ) thinking it would be pretty to see have the two blooming together. It worked out quite well, actually. 120 days to bloom from seed. Perennial.
$3.75
Lemon Bee Balm Flower
Lemon Bee Balm FlowerPacket: ~85 seeds (0.05 gram) More info492 available
This plant is the most prolific flower we've grown on our farm, period. Lemon Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora) has a more rapid growth rate than its Bergamot Lavender relative; a few spring plants of this mint-family rhizome that a small stand of plants will fill out a wide swath of garden area by autumn. Plants form dense pink / light purple blossoms five to six inches tall, and like the name suggest, bees absolutely love this stuff. Has similar plant uses to Bergamot Lavender; plant foliage has an oregano scent when crushed. 100 days to bloom from seed. Perennial. Seeds are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
$3.75