Monarda austroappalachia

Bee Balm

Plant Type:


Monarda austroappalachiana - The flowers are fun. A bulbous green "sea urchin" sets upon a plane of green and whitish green sepals with a striking central red-violet flame at the base of each. The curved white tubular funnels erupt from the top of the sea urchin all making for a very interesting flower, very Bee Balm. Leaves are simple broad blades tapering to a point with a dash of red-purple in the vein at the leaf base. They are set in opposite position. The entity will form a rounded mound that harbors excellent powdery mildew resistance. And, of course, the foliage when brushed emits typical delicious, spicy fragrance. This Bee Balm is a recently described species distinguished from M. bradburiana with which it had been grouped. Aaron Floden from the University of Tennessee described it in 2015. Plenty of sun in average to fertile ground that holds moisture between seasonal rains. Established, potted Bee Balm from cutting.


18-30 in


18-30 in




(5)6 to 9
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Item Description Price  
MONAUST Monarda austroappalachia (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $14.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Monarda austroappalachia

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade


  • Border
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Cottage Garden
  • Natural Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Moist


  • Tennessee

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown