Blue Stocking Bee Balm

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  • Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 30 - 36 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 24 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

Monarda ‘Blue Stocking’ ('Blaustrumpf') is commonly referred to as bee balm and is a vibrant, spreading perennial. The main features of the plant are the fragrant blooms and attractive foliage. It grows in an upright habit with rigid, square stems. The blooms come in shades of blue, and the large velvety leaves grow fast. Blue Stocking is a mid-to-late summer bloomer; the buds open in early July, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. The blooms are perfect for cut-flower arrangements, and stand out among informal borders and containers. This bee balm is good for planting in groups and adds texture to the landscape. It is deer resistant, rabbit resistant, edible, and more mildew tolerant than many bee balms. 

Native to North America, from the far North all the way to the South in Georgia, Blue Stocking Bee Balm grows in hardiness zones 3-8.  Its mature height is 30-36” with a spread of 18-24”. Extremely pollinator friendly, Bee Balm attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Bee Balm’s growth habit is upright and spreading. This variety is known for its unique color and good mildew resistance. 

Blue Stocking Bee Balm Care

When planting, the crown of the plant should be resting just at or above the soil surface after being watered in. Make sure to leave space between plants as they will need room to spread out and naturalize. Water well until established, and then water your Bee Balm if rainfall is less than one inch per week in your area. Fertilize once annually in the fall or spring with a topdressing mixture of compost and a balanced fertilizer.

Bee Balm adapts to a wide range of soil types including average, loamy, and clay-based soil. The soil should be well-draining but moist. It performs best and grows more vigorously when planted in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil blends. This plant should receive full sun to partial shade. Planting your Bee Balm in part shade is recommended if you live in a very hot, dry climate. To keep growth vigorous, divide the plants in the fall every few years. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more blooming. Bee Balm is a fast and vigorous grower and should be cut to the ground after flowering is complete in order to promote healthy new growth.

Blue Stocking Bee Balm Spacing

Space Bee Balm plants 12-18 inches apart so they have room to spread and naturalize. This showy plant is a bright addition to informal borders, prairies and meadows. This variety has an extended bloom time, more than four weeks!

Blue Stocking Bee Balm Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Exposure: Partial Shade to Full Sun (At Least 3 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 30 - 36 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Blue
Flower Description: Violet-Blue
Bloom Period: Through August
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Mass Planting
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Blue Stocking Bee Balm
Other Name(s): Blue Stocking Bee Balm
Scientific Name: Monarda 'Blue Stocking'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.