The coral reef bee balm is a keeper. A very nice color and a hearty plant. The bee balms multiply each year and attract both bees and hummingbirds. I will order more next spring.
Monarda didyma 'Coral Reef'
- Bright pink pom-pom type flowers throughout summer
- Improved variety with uniform growth & good mildew resistance
- U.S. native that will feed our local pollinators
Vivacious hot pink flowers glow atop the plant throughout the summer. It has a great upright habit and is deer resistant. The foliage is a rich green color and has a minty fragrance when crushed. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies and make a beautiful bouquet. They multiply rapidly by self-sowing or underground stems. Stunning plant when in masses.
Uses: Bog, Borders, Cottage Garden, Cut Flower, Landscapes, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens
Nature Attraction: Butterflies & Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance: Deer
Notable Features: Fragrant, Native
Growth Habit: Upright, Spreading
Homeowner Growing Tips: Grow in full sun, preferably, or dappled shade. Avoid crowding. Plant in moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Amend with compost before planting. Water new plantings regularly to establish. Thereafter, do not allow plants to dry out in summer. Deadhead after flowering for rebloom. In early spring, cut old foliage to the ground; divide every 2-3 years at this time, if desired. Apply a balanced all-purpose fertilizer (e.g., 10-10-10) in spring when growth resumes.
The coral reef bee balm is lovely! The color is rich and plant is sturdy. I like to cluster the plants for a full display of color. We enjoy seeing the humming birds that they attract. This is a great perennial.