Attract Bees to Your North Texas Garden with Peter’s Purple Bee Balm
Any cultivar of Bee Balm is an excellent choice for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard. Peter’s Purple is a tall, eye-catching, variety that commands attention. It grows 4-6 feet tall and it DOES spread. I mean, it really, really S P R E A D S ! Plant in full sun with adequate water for best bloom. It is drought tolerant, but will get crispy if it goes too long without water. However, it can take the heat of a Texas summer just fine. In Collin County, it blooms most profusely in early June with long, tubular, bright purple flowers atop long stems. The peak bloom last about a month and you won’t typically see a re-bloom. A herbaceous perennial, it will die back to the ground after first frost (if not sooner) and re-emerge again in mid to late April.
Common Name: Peter’s Purple Bee Balm
Latin Name: Monarda fistulosa ‘Peter’s Purple’
pronounced mo-NAR-da fist-yoo-LOW-suh
About the Author: Tim Wardell is a Texas Certified Nursery Professional and the Marketing Coordinator for Shades of Green, Inc.