Bee Balm - Funky native plant (Monarda didyma)

  Monarda didyma  in my garden.  Blooms profusely in summer. - always covered with native bees and other pollinators.

Monarda didyma in my garden.  Blooms profusely in summer. - always covered with native bees and other pollinators.

Before we leave National Pollinator Week, I'll try to post a few more pollinator friendly native plants.  One of my favorites is Monarda, commonly known as bee balm -- currently in full bloom.  The native bumblebees love this plant -- I also see the sphinx moth, hummingbirds, butterflies and others visitors.  Bee balm thrives and spreads in full sun, not surprising as it's in the mint family.  I love its funky flowers.  It is drought resistant and very easy to grow though can get mildew if it has poor air flow.  Hybrids occur naturally in a variety of colors and heights.  Monarda didyma (in photos from my garden) has red flowers but other species have pink and purple.