Scarlet Red Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) Scarlet bee balm is a very strikingly showy perennial with scarlet-red terminal flowers. Plants reach up to 3 ft tall on stems lined with large, ovoid dark-green leaves. Each single tube flower makes up a dense cluster of many in each 2 inch head. Leaves exude a unmistakable minty-oily odour. Hummingbirds are especially attracted to the red flowers. Like most Bee Balm, it can be susceptible to powdery mildew.
50 Seeds per packet $3.95
Planting Instructions: Sow indoors late February to mid-March after 4-5 weeks of cold stratification, or direct sow in early spring when only a light frost is still possible. Lightly cover seeds with soil. Thin or space transplants 18-24 inches apart. Seeds can also be directly sown in October. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 15-21°C. Seeds sprout in 10-40 days.