Monarda Purple Rooster or Beebalm

Bees love Beebalm flowers as do hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens, Inc.

Beebalm! Great food for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies!

Monarda or Beebalm is a wonderful old fashioned perennial that is more commonly seen in gardens in its red form. A few years ago, my cutting supplier made an error and sent me purple plants instead of the pink that I had ordered, so that’s how I came to discover the lovely Purple Rooster! I have never grown pink again and Purple Rooster has become a standard item in our perennial collection. Plants grow up to 36” tall and will spread rapidly to form a large clump. Foliage and blooms have a lovely, distinctive fragrance.

As the name suggests, bees love Beebalm flowers as do hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Plant Beebalm in full sun for best results but remember that it grows tall so the back of the flower bed is a good spot with shorter plants in front. If you are already familiar with Beebalm you will know that it can be prone to a fungal disease called powdery mildew which can cause white marks on the foliage and eventually defoliate plants. The good news however, is that Purple Rooster has been bred to be resistant to powdery mildew – so no problem there, and a real bonus for Beebalm enthusiasts and all gardeners and pollinators!

Bees love Beebalm flowers as do hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.  Photo courtesy Walters Gardens, Inc.

Bees love Beebalm flowers as do hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Photo courtesy Walters Gardens, Inc.