Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

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Eastern Beebalm, Bradbury’s Monarda

Eastern Beebalm, Bradbury’s Monarda 

Monarda bradburiana

Full to part sun, medium to moderately dry moisture level, tolerates somewhat poor soils including clay and rocky, acid pH preferred.  1-2 ft. height, blooms in summer, pink flowers, tends to self-seed.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region:  Primarily in western and southern edges of Highland Rim province and lesser in the Central Basin province

Showy flowers and fragrant leaves on a low-maintenance plant.  Easy to grow and naturalizes well.  Needs good air circulation. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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One response to “Eastern Beebalm, Bradbury’s Monarda

  1. joystewart September 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    This is a charming, under-appreciated wildflower. It is nothing like the aggressive, sprawling Wild Bergamot. It is also pretty easy to start from seed in pots. It has turned into one of my favorite spring wildflowers. I hear from a friend that growers are finally getting alerted to it and starting to come out with cultivars.

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