Southwest Plant of the Month – Beebalm or Bergamot – Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia
|Plant Form||Flower||Plant Size||3′ x 2′|
|Plant Type||Perennial||Water Usage||Medium|
|Sunlight||Sun, Partial Shade||Colors||Pink, Purple|
Physical Description: Lavender to pink flowers clustered in 3″ heads on long leafy stems. Intensely fragrant, minty leaves. Spreads by rhizomes.
Care and Maintenance: Mildew if irrigated by spray. Spent stems must be cut back to basal rosette.
Gardener’s notes: Native southwestern mint that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Leaves and flowers used herbally. Related red-flowered beebalm, M. didyma, although often available, suffers in dry heat.
Information from: https://desertblooms.nmsu.edu/plantadvisor/