perennial

Snow White Bee Balm

Monarda 'Snow White'

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Snow White Bee Balm (Monarda 'Snow White') at Minor's Garden Center

Snow White Bee Balm flowers

Snow White Bee Balm flowers

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Snow White Bee Balm (Monarda 'Snow White') at Minor's Garden Center

Snow White Bee Balm in bloom

Snow White Bee Balm in bloom

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Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Bergamot, Oswego Tea

Description:

An improved strain of this species with better resistance to powdery mildew; the white flower clusters are large and very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies; foliage is sweetly fragrant

Ornamental Features

Snow White Bee Balm has masses of beautiful clusters of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Snow White Bee Balm is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Disease
  • Self-Seeding

Snow White Bee Balm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Snow White Bee Balm will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sizes Available:

4.5" Cont. $5.49

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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