Vigorous blooms add a wildflower look and spicy citrus scent to bouquets.Towers of bright lavender 1 1/2-2" blooms on straight and thin, yet sturdy stems. An unusual and easy-to-use cut flower. The blooms and leaves are edible, though the leaves are intensely spicy. Native to the U.S. Also known as lemon bee balm, purple horsemint, and lemon mint.
• Edible Flowers: Add petals to salads, sprinkle over mild fish, use in fruit salads, or to garnish desserts and drinks. Flavor is minty and spicy. Leaves are used to flavor salads, cooked foods, and tea.
• Attracts Beneficial Insects: Nectar plant for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Ht. 30-38". Avg. 75,400 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 68-72°F (20-22°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 7-9 weeks before last frost. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside after last frost.
Direct seed: After last frost, sow seed thinly, barely covering the seed. Thin when the seedlings have the first true leaves.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Any well-drained soil.
PLANT SPACING: 12-18".
HARDINESS ZONES: Varies. M. citriodora: Annual. M. didyma: Perennial in Zones 4-9.
HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when flowers are almost completely open. Dried: Allow flowers to open completely. Hang to dry.
USES: Suitable as a fresh cut flower. Excellent dried flower. Border plantings. Edible flower
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Monarda spp.
ALTERNATE NAMES: Bee balm