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Pardon My Purple Bee Balm

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8
  • Height 10-12 Inches Tall
  • Spread 10-12 Inches Wide

It's a fragrant plant to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and friends who want to stop and smell the … Pardon My Purple Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). But that's only one sense this bee balm will delight. The bright fuchsia-colored blooms reach nearly three inches across on a compact, foot-tall plant. One of the best ways to grow Pardon My Purple bee balm is as a front border of a garden bed, where it frames taller plants behind it with its bright blooms and invites pollinators to your garden.

Bee balm is native to eastern North America, growing mostly in moist conditions such as stream banks or thickets, so the plants fare best with an even supply of moisture in zones 4 through 8. The perennial plant has smooth green leaves and dark fuchsia-to-purple blooms in mid-summer through late summer. Pardon My Purple Bee Balm seldom grows any taller or wider than 12 inches. It's perfect as a filler in containers, as a border plant or in mass plantings packed with color.

Pardon My Purple Bee Balm Care

Plant Pardon My Purple in full sun to partial shade. Your bee balm needs little fertilizer to bloom, but you can add an occasional all-purpose fertilizer in late spring or early summer. Mulching and planting in soil that retains some moisture helps give your bee balm even water. Just remove flowers as they fade to encourage more blooming and prune the plants to nearly ground level after they have finished blooming. You might need to divide your bee balm every three of four years.

Pardon My Purple Bee Balm Spacing

Plant bee balm near the front of a container with plants taller than one foot. When planting several bee balms for a hedge or mass planting, space the plants about 12 to 18 inches apart.

Pardon My Purple Bee Balm Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Flower Color(s): Purple
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Color(s): Green
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Height Class: Medium
Height: 10-12 Inches
Spread: 10-12 Inches
Spacing: 10-12 Inches
Habit: Upright
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: No
Resists: Deer
Attracts: Butterflies
Features: Fragrant Foliage
Scientific Name: Pardon My Purple' Monarda didyma USPP 22,170
Common Name: Pardon My Purple Bee Balm
Other Name(s): Horsemint; Oswego Tea; Bergamot
Brand: Proven Winners

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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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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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.

2 Reviews - Pardon My Purple Bee Balm Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Karen Anderson on May 17th 2020

    Purchased 3 Bee Balm plants for our rain garden. They arrived in perfect shape. Customer service was excellent.

  • 5
    favorite plant

    Posted by M Neal on Mar 21st 2019

    I absolutely love monarda, so when I saw this plant on Facebook, I just had to order it. It has performed well the first year of growing it, covered in blooms and even started to spread a little bit towards the end of the year. I will probably separate a few of these plants this year and give some to my mom for her garden. I'll definitely be ordering from here again.